My cellphone rang on a Saturday morning while I was in line at the drive-thru of my usual fast-food breakfast stop. The caller didn’t leave a message and I didn’t recognize the number.

After returning home, I returned the call. It was longtime friend Bob Whiteford, a retired command sergeant major and Vietnam veteran.

We talked about the Rocket and about current events and of course our mutual love of baseball. He told me why he called: Whiteford, a Pittsburgh native, asked me to show some love to his hometown Pirates and their World Series championships in 1960, 1971 and 1979.

So for my Pittsburgh native friend and Pirates fans everywhere, our classic replays in this sports section for the next three weeks will feature the world champion teams from 1960, 1971 and 1979.

I definitely remember those teams. Baseball was my first love so I remember watching all three World Series. In 1960 I watched on a TV in our row house in my hometown Philadelphia. In 1971 I watched in our family’s home in Huntsville. In 1979 I watched in my own apartment in Huntsville.

For a baseball fan like me, it’s easy to relate memorable games to different stages of your life. We grow up cherishing the big games and keeping track of where we were when they happened. But unlike us, baseball never grows old.

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