A Tall Tale for future generations?

Is this the Pirates team you will be telling your grandkids about?

As a kid growing up in 1960 Pittsburgh, I’ve got faint recollections of old geezers telling me about the 1927 Pirates — the last ones to appear in a World Series. They kept talking about “33 years being a long time to wait.”

34 years is even longer — but that is how far 1979 is in the rearview mirror.

Is this the Pirates team you will be telling your grandkids about?

The thing that made those ’60 Pirates such a compelling story — I would image fans in AARP still flash on that team before thoughts of the ’71 or ’79 champs — is that they rose from years of muck.

Three years before that ’60 season, the Pirates had a 92-loss season — dotting an eight-season stretch in which they had averaged 97 losses.

Three years ago, the Pirates had a 105-loss season — dotting an eight-season stretch in which they had averaged 95 losses.

Is this the Pirates team you will be telling your grandkids about?

Pretty soon, you will not be the only ones talking about them. America loves rags-to-riches and underdog stories. The Bucs’ only remaining competing suitors for America’s heart are the Kansas City Royals. Once the Tigers pull away from them in the AL Central, America will be smitten with these Pirates.

There will be a bandwagon convoy — just like in 1960, when every magazine from LOOK to LIFE featured them in cover stories that were odes to their gutty, never-say-die, comeback-addicted personality.

Is this the Pirates team you will be telling your grandkids about? 

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