1992 Throwback: Steelers, Pirates & Pens Make the Playoffs

Where were you in ’92 when all of Pittsburgh’s pro-sports franchises made it to the post-season?

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When you look back at 2014, local sports fans have had plenty to cheer about. For the first time in 22 years, the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers all advanced to the playoffs in the same calendar year.

How long has that been?

Consider that in 1992:

  • Badger Bob Johnson was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s Pittsburgher of the Year in January after guiding the Pens to their first Stanley Cup Championship in 1991. The Pens won their second Stanley Cup on June 1 after sweeping the Blackhawks.
  • Mario Lemieux was our best local athlete in our annual Best of Pittsburgh poll.
  • The Steelers finished 11-5 in their first regular season under Coach Bill Cowher. (They would lose in the divisional round of the playoffs to Buffalo.)
  • The Pirates won their third consecutive division title before losing the NLCS to Atlanta. It would be their last winning season until 2013.
  • The Ravens didn’t exist. Baltimore had been without an NFL franchise since the 1983 departure of the Colts to Indianapolis.
  • PNC Park, Heinz Field, Consol Energy Center and the Petersen Events Center had yet to be built.
  • The new mid-field terminal at Greater Pittsburgh airport opened.
  • Sophie Masloff was Pittsburgh’s Mayor.
  • Patti Burns, Paul Long and David Johnson all were TV news anchors.

We’ll stop here so a) some of you won’t feel really old and b) others can Google Paul Long.



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