No, the Pirates were not always at the bottom of the barrel, more often than not they were at or near the top of the MLB food chain, peanuts, get your peanuts here.

I used to be the hunter, now it seems as if I am always hunting for something. What’s up “Doc” is no longer just a glib greeting. I “remember” when the only time I saw a doctor was on the street or when I was visiting the hospital to see an older relative or friend, boy how times do change.

A few of the Boston Bruins hockey club members are whistling as they walk past the graveyard really contemplating the dubious task of facing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL eastern finals. Some even saying that Pittsburgh is relative to the NBA’s Miami Heat; star studded and almost invulnerable, well at least on paper anyway.

I am old enough to “remember” the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL.

Murray Hall was the star back in the 60s when we received free tickets at the Boy’s Club of Pittsburgh to attend a few AHL hockey game.

I like GM/Coach “Baz” Bastien with his eye patch. Hell, with that black patch covering his right eye he was so cool I thought he should’ve been managing the Pittsburgh Pirates as opposed to have played and coached the Pittsburgh Hornets.

According to in 1945 “Bastien was sent by the Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Hornets, their top professional affiliate. He spent the majority of four seasons with the Hornets. He was named to the league’s first All-Star team in 1947, 1948 and 1949 and also won the Hap Holmes Memorial Award for fewest goals against in 1948 and 1949.

Personal tragedy befell Bastien on September 30, 1949, at Maple Leafs training camp in Welland, Ontario.

On the third or fourth shot he faced that day the puck struck his right eye. The damage to his eye was severe to the extent that it needed to be removed. Bastien’s playing career was over, and he would wear a glass eye for the rest of his life”

I “remember” fifty cent skates rentals after the Hornets games were over at the Civic Arena.

Lest we forget Pittsburgh has not always been at the top of the professional hockey food chain but the Pittsburgh Penguins are will forever remain part of the historical and geographic gene pool of the blue collar city of Pittsburgh.

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