ESPN recently had a state by state competition for state Mount Rushmore of Sports. While Pennsylvania can certainly provide a great 4-some, the two cities have enough sports history that they could put up a pretty good group without the benefit of the other side of the state. I started wondering would be on a Pittsburgh version of a sports Mount Rushmore. With the ability to only choose four people, who would we pick?
I'd start by saying that all three of Pittsburgh's three sports should be represented, but since Pittsburgh is a sports town, the Steelers should get two spots. I would also stipulate that no current player should be considered.
The hockey and baseball picks seem relatively easy. The challenge is in determining what two Steelers figures to put forward.
In hockey, Mario Lemieux has no competition. He is one of the top 2-3 players to ever play the game. He also was instrumental in keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh which earns bonus points.
Baseball is a little tougher but my vote would be for Roberto Clemente. He was an amazing player with a great story. He was both a superb hitter and fielder. The fact that he was such a high character guy also doesn't hurt. He has more competition than Lemieux with players such as Willie Stargell and Bill Mazerowski in any discussion. Stargell was the best player and leader of the "We are Family" 1979 team and Mazerowski gave us one of the greatest moments in Pittsburgh sports history. But, I wouldn't put either of them ahead of Clemente.
But when you get to the Steelers, who do you choose? Was Terry Bradshaw more important than Franco Harris? How about deciding between Jack Lambert and Joe Greene?
I can't do it. So, I'd go off the team. My picks would be Art Rooney (complete with the cigar) and Myron Cope. The Chief gave us the greatest franchise in sports and nobody captured the spirit of a team as well as Myron Cope. I remember as a kid, we would quiet down at the dinner table so my dad could listen to Myron on the radio.
So, that's my four...Lemieux, Clemente, Art Rooney, and Myron Cope. I'd be curious to hear from other Pittsburgh fans on who you would pick.