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Top Reasons To Visit The Sports Museum

April 5, 2011 9:00 AM

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(Photo Courtesy Of Senator John Heinz History Center)

(Photo Courtesy Of Senator John Heinz History Center)

Sports fans visiting Pittsburgh won’t want to miss a trip to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center in the city’s Strip District.  The state-of-the-art museum captures the unforgettable and almost forgotten tales of Pittsburgh sports through hundreds of artifacts, more than 70 hands-on interactive exhibits and 20 audio-visual programs.  If that’s not reason enough, here’s a look at a few exhibits that are sure to make any sports fan cheer!

Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222
412-454-6000

Lifelike museum figure of Franco Harris and Franco’s turf

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Sports fans can relive Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception” through a lifelike museum figure depicting the controversial play that led to the Steelers’ victory over the Oakland Raiders and an AFC Championship.  The display even contains a 15-square-foot piece of turf from Three Rivers Stadium where Franco Harris made this memorable play!

Indy 500 Racecar

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Visitors to the Sports Museum will also get a glimpse of the Indy 500-winning car in 2000 owned by local racing legend Chip Ganassi. Driver Juan Montoya averaged 167.496 mph during his journey to the checkered flag.

Forbes Field Mural

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Baseball fans won’t want to miss seeing the 40-foot, two-story mural depicting Forbes Field as it looked during the seventh game of the1960 World Series!  Bill Mazeroski hit a walk-off home run to knock off the favored New York Yankees.

Mario Lemieux’s Jersey

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What Pittsburgh hockey fan doesn’t want to look back on the Penguins back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships?!  Relive the glory days when Mario Lemieux was back on the ice with a glimpse of the actual jersey that he wore as he led his team to sweep the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 in the series to capture the second of back-to-back Stanley Cups!  The Pens, of course, would not win another until the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals.

High School Football Rivalry Helmet Wall

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High school football helmets represent the decades-long rivalries between many Western Pennsylvania school districts and communities. The ‘rivalry helmet wall’ gives visitors a look at the rivalries that have been a critical part of the region’s culture of football excellence.

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