PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pirates usher Phil Coyne has probably seen more Bucco history, live at the ball park, than anyone else on earth. Wednesday evening at PNC Park, the night before his 99th birthday, he was honored with a jersey numbered “99.” His ushering career began when he was 18 years old.
“He is a great representative,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. “Everybody who comes here has to say hello to Phil. He has to say hello to them. ‘Welcome to PNC Park.’ He’s done it for over 80 years.”
81 to be exact. Everyone knows Phil.
“It’s the people that keep bringing me back,” the usher says. “The people in my section. I’ve been so close to everybody over the years. I was born and raised about three blocks away from Forbes Field.”
He saw Bill Mazeroski’s famous home run in the 1960 World Series. And in 1935, he says, “I saw Babe …