Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will welcome a very special guest: legendary Pirate Manager Danny Murtaugh’s granddaughter, Colleen Hroncich, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at noon.
Against all odds, Murtaugh led the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates to an upset victory against the mighty New York Yankees. As Pirate fans (and Yankee foes) around the country remember that magical season they can re-live the “good ol’ days” in The Whistling Irishman: Danny Murtaugh Remembered.
With hustle, determination, and strength of character, Danny Murtaugh scraped his way out of poverty and became a two-time World Championship manager. In The Whistling Irishman, Hroncich tells his life story through in-depth research and first-hand accounts from those who knew him best: family, friends, teammates, players, and fans. Hroncich interviewed over 50 sources for the book, including such Pirate greats as Ralph Kiner, Bill Mazeroski, Bill Virdon, Dick Groat, Vernon Law, Al Oliver, Manny Sanguillen, and more. Former Pirate pitcher and current announcer Steve Blass, who pitched complete game victories for Murtaugh in Games 3 and 7 of the 1971 World Series, wrote the book’s foreword.
According to Hroncich, “In addition to a remarkable baseball career, my grandfather was a
very good, humble, and down-to-earth man. I look forward to introducing him to
the great baseball fans visiting Lunch With Books.”
This Lunch With Books programs is free and open to the public. It will include a lecture, a Q&A session, and a book signing. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages and popcorn will be provided. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.