I’m finishing up my Burghy Christmas Gifts List for Pittsburgh Magazine and I have to tell you, I have found some absolutely stunning new Pittsburgh-themed stuff this year. I want them all and I think you all will find something perfect on the list.
That will be up on the magazine site in the next day or two, but I wanted to share a few things I stumbled upon that are awesome in their own way, but didn’t make my official PittGirl-approved list. Click the photos to be whisked away to their purchase pages.
This is a baseball card of Al Maul of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, the name the Pirates went by in 1887.
I can’t even. My God, I’d pay cold hard pennies to see a Fort McKenry baseball card in this exact pose. He looks like a Price is Right girl presenting a baseball in the Showcase Showdown.
Here’s another. Mr. Fred Dunlap of the Alleghenys in which I think the photographer may have punked him:
That pose I’d like to see on Ryan Doumit … on a bearskin rug … wearing sunglasses. Because his dead black eyes scare the shit out of me.
Here’s Fred again saying, “All this could be yours if … the price is right.”
And here’s Jake Beckley in 1887, trying to shoot fire from his palms:
And for no reason at all, here’s five men and two kids with a tusk they excavated “near Pittsburgh” in 1900:
That kid on the left is all, “Pretty sure that’s a tree branch,” and that kid on the right is all, “I’m wearing a f*#&ing dress.”
Everything I know about Pittsburgh history I learned from Amazon.com.
That’s what I’ll have put on my gravestone.