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  1. Jerry Beer
    10/9/2017
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    I loved the Pipers and Connie Hawkins as they became Champions in 67. I was there for the championship game and many other games when there were just a few hundred.
    I remember the great Connie as well as Art Heyman, Charlie Williams and Chico Vaughn.
    They were a great team. I was a 15 year old kid and a true fan. a short but happy time.

  2. Scott
    10/10/2017
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    That’s 16 championships between the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. Including the Pipers’ championship, which I always do, it’s 17 total.

  3. Richard Mondak
    10/10/2017
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    Since 1960 (Yea, Maz!), no other professional sports team has won their league championship in Pittsburgh except for our Pipers.

  4. John Smith
    10/10/2017
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    Good Article. However the Penguins have won 5 Stanley Cups.

  5. GARY
    10/10/2017
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    With the sad passing of The Hawk, this article brought back lots of great memories. Went to many games in 1968 as a 16 year old. Loved all of them, Chico Vaughn and his 3 pointers, the red, white an blue ball, all the great efforts. Usually my buddy and I were about the only ones there (or so it seemed). Totally lost interest when they came back minus The Hawk. He was the most exciting player of his day bar none.

  6. Dano
    10/10/2017
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    I went to a game in 71. All I remember was Pittsburgh Condor John Brisker getting in a fight. Then getting kicked out of the game.

  7. Bill
    10/10/2017
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    I was at the championship game. It was close to a sell out and the crowd was loud. A little known fact was the game tip off time was delayed so all the fans could get in as there were not enough users to handle the unexpecrpted size of the fans.

    Connie Hawkins was the best B ball player to play in the arena ,till the 76ers played a few games a few years later withChamberlin, Bill Cunningham, and Hal Greer. The sixes played the Hawks withPete Maravich.

    The Condors were terrible, went to a number of games. At halftime the ushers and players let us shoot around with them

  8. James S.
    10/11/2017
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    Wow, the PG sports writers make back then make Ron Cook look like Mr. Rogers. Can’t believe how incredibly jaded and mean-spirited they were.

  9. Robert Barclay Weisner
    10/11/2017
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    I first remember Connie Hawkins playing for the Pittsburgh Rens of the A.B.L. in 1961. He was a dominant player then but there was very little press coverage and not much history because the league failed after less than two seasons. The “Hawk” was still the best player in the A.B.A. seven years later when he led the Pipers to the league title. I remember the late Joe Tucker broadcasting Piper games on radio that season. Connie Hawkins should always be in the discussion when it comes to Pittsburgh’s sports legends.

  10. Jim M
    10/11/2017
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    Great article! I left Pittsburgh decades ago but still look back on my hometown fondly.

    However, it does omit the great Negro League championships in Pittsburgh! The Homestead Grays… Pittsburgh Crawfords…

    And the great players! Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige.

  11. Melvin Williams
    10/12/2017
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    I remember Connie coming to the McKeesport Boys’ Club. Lifting me up so I could dunk the basketball. I believe the was 1968 or 69. My brothers grew up with Freddie Lewis another all star.

  12. Melvin Williams
    10/12/2017
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    Satchel Paige is my cousin.

  13. Mike roberts
    11/1/2017
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    Didn’t Pgh have a world team tennis team backmthen that did pretty well?

  14. Terrance Coleman
    11/3/2017
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    Stewart Johnson is my cousin Terrance Coleman

  15. Greg s.
    11/13/2017
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    Pittsburgh Triangles won 1975 WTT title. 18 champs, 19 if we count 1976 Pitt panthers.

  16. David Taylor
    1/25/2018
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    The 60’s and 70’s were great basketball days in Pittsburgh. Connie Hawkins and the Pipers. Duquesne basketball with the likes of Lionell Billingsly, Jarrett Durham, Mickey Davis and high school basketball was tremendous. Kenny Durrett, Billy Knight, Simmie Hill, Maurice Lucas, Jeep Kelly, Ron Hightower, Brad Davis, Dwight Clay, Will Robinson and the best of them all Rickey “Black Magic” Coleman. And we did not even get to the latter 70’s with Norm Nixon, Sam Clancy, Sonny Lewis and Bruce Atkins just to name a few. It was GREAT

  17. timm coxx
    11/16/2018
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    Thanks for the memories. Regarding Pittsburgh sports, remember we are the city that founded the first national high school basketball tournament; our Dapper Dan Roundball Classic remains legendary, and was eventually upstaged by the McDonald’s H.S. tournament who started attracting similar top-recruits from around the country. Speaking of high school powerhouses, a prideful Beaver Falls community bred a generation of star players like Oscar Jackson Jr., Al Hmiel, Alvin “Emo” Gibson, Dwight “DC” Collins, Frank Milozewski, Ron Rowen, Sam Scott and Forrest ‘Bay Bro’ Grant all dwho were able to challenge the City League’s finest by knocking off notables like Maurice Lucas, Ricky Coleman, Eugene “Jeep” Kelly, his younger brother Nathan “Sonny” Lewis, David “Puffy” Kennedy, Sam Clancy, Bill Clarke and Warner “Warnie” Macklin. Other area notables like Jonathan Marshall, Billy “Moonie” Knight and Alex “AJ” Johnson of North-Braddock Scott High School, are also still regarded as Western Pa. high school legends. And, we should never forget the championship hoop aura created in downtown Pittsburgh at Point Park University, when Coach Jerry Conboy recruited the likes of Bobby Franklin, Sonny Lewis and Dayton, Ohio’s Terry Peavey (later drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, 1979) to develop NAIA legacies.

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