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Gritty City
Adam Duerson
November 08, 2004
Steel yourself for a tour of the town that gave us Andy Warhol and Art Rooney
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November 08, 2004

Gritty City

Steel yourself for a tour of the town that gave us Andy Warhol and Art Rooney

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[1] CARLYNTON HIGH SCHOOL Steelers coach Bill Cowher grew up in Crafton, Pa., and lettered here in football, basketball and track. [2] DAN MARINO FIELD Down the block from the house where " Oakland Dan" Marino grew up and, says his mom, uttered his first word, "ball." [3] WASHINGTON'S LANDING When George Washington fell off his raft and into the icy Allegheny on Dec. 28, 1753, he took refuge near here. Steelers Ben Roethlisberger, Plaxico Burress and Duce Staley live in waterfront town houses. [4] REDFIN BLUES Burress recommends this Mexican seafood restaurant. ("The salmon is real good.") [5] FORBES FIELD Home of Steelers ('33--63) and Pirates ('09--70) before demolition in '71. Home plate remains in original location--encased in glass on the first floor of the U. of Pittsburgh's Posvar Hall--as does part of left centerfield wall over which Bill Mazeroski hit 1960 World Series--winning homer. [6] WARHOL MUSEUM Houses 4,000-plus works from the late pop artist and native son. Includes student projects from his days at Carnegie Mellon and iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis. [7] ORIGINAL HOT DOG SHOP Ranked by Gourmet and USA Today among 10 best places in the U.S. to get a dog. [8] NORTH SIDE CATHOLIC CEMETERY Resting place--alongside wife Kathleen--of North Side native and Steelers founder Art Rooney, who died at 87 in 1988. [9] THREE RIVERS STADIUM Steelers' home from '70 to 2000. Highlight: Dec. 23, 1972, Franco Harris's Immaculate Reception. Lowlight: fan dousing QB Kordell Stewart with beer in 1998. [10] CORNER: NORTH SHORE DRIVE & ART ROONEY AVENUE Bus stops at Heinz Field every 5--10 minutes on Sundays. In 1972 Harris rode one to practice ("I just want kids to know ... you don't have to be flashy and show it off," he said) and hitchhiked home. [11] WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS MUSEUM Wing of this Pittsburgh regional history center opens Nov. 13 with the cleats Marino wore the day he broke Fran Tarkenton's record of 342 career TD passes. [12] MELLON ARENA In 43 years the Igloo has hosted teams from the ABL, ABA, MISL, AHL, Arena Football and NHL. Jean Claude Van Damme's Sudden Death and Dr. J's The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh were filmed here. -- Adam Duerson


Shreveport, La. QB-cum-knucklehead Fox announcer TERRY BRADSHAW was born here, attended nearby Woodlawn High and went to college 70 miles down I-20 at Louisiana Tech. Spent summers at grandparents' Hall Summit farm where "Pawpaw" Bradshaw taught him cotton-, cantaloupe- and watermelon-picking.


Johnstown, Pa. Shooting location of 1977 classic Slap Shot with PAUL NEWMAN as minor league hockey player. Also shot here: 1983's All the Right Moves, starring Tom Cruise as scholarship-seeking high school football player.


Findlay, Ohio Where 6'5", 241-pound Pats-slayer and Steelers savior BIG BEN ROETHLISBERGER loomed large as a three-sport schoolboy. His number 7 Findlay High football jersey has been retired.

3,725 Miles NE

London, BIG BEN The 316-foot, 13-ton clock tower was completed in 1859 and looms high above British Parliament.

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