We’re back with even more famous people from Pittsburgh! Did you know these five individuals were born in the ‘burgh, or spent a significant time of their lives here? Here are five more successful people from Pittsburgh.
1. Art Howe
Former MLB infielder, coach, scout and manager Art Howe was born in Pittsburgh and attended Shaler Area High School. Howe signed with the Pirates in 1971, signing his first playing contract at the age of 1924. He began his coaching career as an aide for the Texas Rangers. After three seasons he was hired by the Astros as a manager. Howe is married to his high school sweetheart Betty.
2. Pie Traynor
While Harold Joseph “Pie” Traynor was born in Massachusetts, he played his entire career as a MLB third baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates. After World War II, he was known as the greatest third baseman in MLB history. While many more have come into the league since then, Traynor is always remembered for his efforts. He got his nickname when he was little, as he often would visit the neighborhood grocer and ask for pie.
3. Honus Wagner
Shortstop Honus Wagner was born in 1874 in Chartiers Township. He was nicknamed The Flying Dutchman due to his German background and fast speed. Wagner was one of nine children born to German immigrants. He played almost his entire career with the Pirates. He even played in two World Series, 1903 and 1909. In the year 2000, Wagner was honored on a U.S. Postage Stamp.
4. Mark Cuban
Billionaire Mark Cuban was born in Pittsburgh. The businessman and investor is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and one of the main shark investors in Shark Tank. He grew up in Mount Lebanon and attended the University of Pittsburgh. He worked through college as a bartender, disco dancing instructor and party promoter. Cuban has invested in many startups and at one point, tossed around the idea to run for President.
5. Martha Graham
Dancer Martha Graham was born in Allegheny City, PA (which later became part of Pittsburgh). Her family later moved to California when she was a teen. Graham was a dancer and her style, called the Graham technique, reshaped American dance. Graham loved the themes of Americana and Greek mythology in her productions she would help create. She passed away in 1991 at the age of 96 in New York City.