Preview: Mayview

Pittsburgh Pirate Day 1971 at Wingfield Pines Golf Club was a win within a loss. A prankster’s fake road sign tricked our car into taking a wrong turn, robbing some little leaguers of precious moments with the big leaguers. While the “Bucs,” also known affectionately as the “Buccos,” played golf, swam, drank, smoked, ate, preened, lounged, discussed business and signed autographs, our coach, whom the sign may not have fooled, forced us to play with patients of Mayview State Hospital on the other side of Chartiers Creek from Wingfield Pines. Who was the Pirate Day MVP? One of the Pirates, who would soon win the World Series and thereby single out 1971 in the lives of their fans? One of the Rocks? (Yes, our team was named the Rocks.) My vote goes to May, a girl with a transistor radio whose play-by-play commentary’s “hidden vigorish,” to borrow a coinage of Bob Prince, the Voice of the Pirates also present that balmy afternoon, bears repeating.

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales and incidents are used in a fictitious manner.

period KDKA Radio personalities as well as characters created by them
Sass, Louis A., Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought (1992)

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