Turning the Pirates’ Ship

By Francis Kinlaw

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

A poetic ode to the Pirates' rise to glory that culminated in a World Series championship in 1960. In 1950 the Pittsburgh Pirates resembled too wellThe woeful Washington Nats;With the fans’ only reason for interest and hope,Contained in Ralph Kiner’s bats. The Senators and Pirates were symbols of defeatOn stages and movie screens:Damn Yankees was based upon Senators losses . . .In Pittsburgh, Angels (in the Outfield) intervened. For eight years in the . . .

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