Vincent C. Lascheid, Jr (26 December 1923 – 19 March 2009) was a prominent Pittsburgh organist. With distinctive keyboard stylings, Lascheid was best known as the organist for the Pittsburgh Pirates from the 1960s to 2009 and from 1970 to 2003 the Pittsburgh Penguins.[1][2][3][4][5] He was inducted into the Penguins' Hall of Fame in 2003.[6] In 2005, he was honored by being awarded the "Pride of the Pirates" by the Pittsburgh Pirates and with a moment of silence from the Pittsburgh Penguins.[6]

Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Joe Brown and Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince met Vince Lascheid while he was playing at the Colony restaurant and nightclub before the opening of Three Rivers Stadium. They asked if he was interested in playing organ at the new stadium, which was the beginning of Vince’s long tenure as organist for the Pirates.[7]

Vince was renowned for his sly and witty association of played song titles with player’s names.[8][9] Digital recordings of his performances continued to be played at Pirates home games.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "Longtime sports organist Vince Lascheid dead at 85". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. March 20, 2009.
  2. ^ "Pirates, Penguins organist Vince Lascheid dies". Pittsburgh Business Times. March 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "Vince Lascheid, well-known organist, dies". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Batz, Jr., Bob (March 21, 2009). "Obituary: Vincent C. Lascheid Jr. / Organist set tone for Bucs, Pens". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  5. ^ "Penguins, Pirates Organist Vince Lascheid Dies". WPXI. March 20, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Pens Hall of Famer Vince Lascheid Passes Away". NHL - Penguins. Pittsburgh Penguins. March 20, 2009.
  7. ^ "Vince Lascheid: Thanks for the Memories!". Eleventh Stack. 2009-04-13. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  8. ^ "Long live the '70s And they do, at PNC Park". old.post-gazette.com. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  9. ^ 11/5/92 - Vince Lascheid Interview, retrieved 2022-04-09
  10. ^ Guggenheimer, Paul (2019-03-06). "More Vince Lascheid melodies to be heard at PNC Park this season". TribLIVE.com. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  11. ^ Hertzel, Bob. "Music of Pirates' colorful organist will live on". Times West Virginian. Retrieved 2022-04-09.