Pirates’ MVP For Tuesday: Usher Phil Coyne, 95, Who Started In 1936

  • Rick Chandler

Best moment of tonight’s game by far: Craig Sager interviewing Phil Coyne, the Pirates’ 95-year-old usher, who presumably is old enough to have met real pirates. Coyne’s been on the job since 1936, when he was 18 years old: one year after Babe Ruth retired. But he was there to see a Pirates’ lineup that included Arky Vaughn, the Waner brothers (Paul, Lloyd), Wait Hoyt and, of course the legendary Johnny Dickshot.

Coyne was one of the few people at PNC Park for which a playoff game is ho-hum news: he’s seen three NL pennants and three World Series titles already, one of them at Forbes Field. But Coyne is too young to have been around the last time the Cubs won a World Series — that was 1908, 10 years before he was born.