LONGTIME PIRATES USHER PHIL COYNE WHO RETIRED AT 99 HAS DIED AT 102

Pirates on 99-year-old usher Phil Coyne: 'Legends never really retire' |  TribLIVE.com

Phil Coyne who worked a total of 81 years for the Pittsburgh Pirates- and who finally retired in 2018 at the age of 99- has died at 102- a month short of his 103rd birthday. He’s seen it all -over 6000 games at Forbes Field, Three Rivers Stadium and PNC Park.

https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/pirates/2021/04/09/Pirates-Phil-Coyne-usher-PNC-Park-dies-102-Friday-Forbes-Field/stories/202104090100

15 responses to “LONGTIME PIRATES USHER PHIL COYNE WHO RETIRED AT 99 HAS DIED AT 102

  1. What a great guy and it’s incredible the moments he has witnessed. Hans did you ever remember seeing him? All of the Hall of Fame players he saw would be quite a list.

    • Over the years there were a few times I was in his section- it wasn’t until the last ten years or so of his time that it seems attention was brought to how long he’d been there etc. They paid tribute to him Saturday night before the game.

    • I’m glad they recognized him… his story you just don’t see. It would be something to see someone there from the 60s much less the 30s.

    • He must have really enjoyed doing it. Imagine- from the depression and FDR’s days until just a couple years ago… mind boggling

    • I was thinking Jackie Robinson to Clayton Kershaw and it is amazing…. Babe Ruth to Andrew McCutchen can you imagine?

    • the number of folks who saw The Babe play- dwindling…… yesterday a friend of mine mentioned back at a game in high school we sat by the babysitter for Phil Garner’s kids and talked to her- playing the separation game- Phil Garner- was managed by Alvin Dark in Oakland- Alvin Dark was managed by Leo Durocher- who played with Ruth and the Yankees in the late 20’s..

    • There can’t be many left at all…the youngest would have to be born in 1930 or so they would have been what 6 years old when he retired?

      Buck O’Neil is who I think of when I think of people seeing players now and back then…how the crack of the bat sounded one way with Babe and the only other time he heard that sound was from Bo Jackson. That was a cool insight he gave. That man was a pleasure to listen to.

      I like seeing how people link to others like that.

    • Buck was the star of the Baseball series. What a positive upbeat fella…. the other link I gave my friend- Garner’s babysitter- to Garner- his first manager- Dick Williams- who was signed by Branch Rickey who in WWI commanded a chemical training unit that included Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson….

    • That is incredible. It’s easy to forget that Branch went back so far because of his fame with the Dodgers and signing Robinson…heck he helped invent the minor league system with the Cardinals.

    • hmmm i could have went from- Rickey to Robinson- whose middle name- Roosevelt- for Teddy.. and Teddy knew Robert Todd Lincoln- and then Lincoln… I got to quit this…..

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