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, steering a handful of baseball Little Leaguers from their idols, Big Leaguers. While the “Bucs,” who would single out 1971 in the lives of their fans by winning the Fall Classic, played golf, swam, drank, smoked, ate, preened, discussed business and signed autographs, our coach, whom the sign may not have fooled, forced us, the mighty Rocks (yes, our team was named the Rocks), to play with patients of Mayview State Hospital on the other side of Chartiers Creek from Wingfield Pines. May, a girl with a transistor radio, stood out by inventing her own play-by-play. May’s broadcasting style was not à la Bob Prince, the eccentric Voice of the Pirates who was also present at Wingfield Pines on the balmy afternoon in question. May’s July Classic, perplexing to the Rocks, was not conveyed with the subdued reverence of a golf announcer. She was like a hard-line manager or umpire.

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

Prince, Bob, KDKA radio personality

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