Pittsburgh Triangles

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Pittsburgh Triangles
Founded 1974
League World TeamTennis
Team history Pittsburgh Triangles
1974- 1976
Stadium Civic Arena
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Colors Bright Yellow and Green
Owner(s) Chuck Reichblum, Frank Fuhrer, Bill Sutton
President Frank Fuhrer
Head coach Ken Rosewall (1974)
Vic Edwards (1975)
Mark Cox (1976)
Dan McGibbeny (1976)
Championships 1--1975
Website Triangles History

The Pittsburgh Triangles were a World TeamTennis team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The team originally joined the league in 1974 and competed until 1976 when the franchise folded. The original Triangles franchise was owned by Chuck Reichblum, Bill Sutton, and Fox Chapel businessman, sports promoter, and financier Frank Fuhrer, who eventually acquired a controlling interest in the Triangles.

History[edit]

During their first season the Triangles, clad in bright yellow and green uniforms, played in the WTT Eastern Division with teams from Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, and Toronto. WTT also had an eight team Western Division for a total of sixteen teams representing most of the major metropolitan areas in the United States. There was even a team from Hawaii called the Leis.[1] The Triangles were replaced by the Pennsylvania Keystones and then by a Soviet Union team. The Soviet National Team joined the league and were originally given the franchise name "Pennsylvania Keystones". The original plan was to have the Keystones play in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Coaching[edit]

The Australian tennis star Ken Rosewall coached the original Pittsburgh Triangles team in 1974. Rosewall's top players were Evonne Goolagong, who had already captured her first Wimbledon singles title in 1971, and young phenom Vitas Gerulaitis. Vitas, nicknamed the Lithuanian Lion, had recently won the West Penn Open in Mt. Lebanon and would go on to win the 1975 Wimbledon men's doubles crown (with Sandy Mayer) and the 1977 Australian Open men's singles title.

Players[edit]

Squad 1974[edit]

Squad 1975[edit]

Two days after winning the WTT championship Fuhrer traded Kim Warwick and Rayni Fox to the Cleveland Nets for Sue Stap.

Squad 1976[edit]

With Goolagong-Cawley signed for the 1976 season, Mark Cox was elevated to the Triangles' player-coach. The Triangles also recruited collage star JoAnne Russell and Bernie Mitton. Midway through the 1976 season the recently acquired Sue Stap was traded for Nancy Gunter.

Results[edit]

  • 1974: 30-14 Second in Central Section of Eastern Division—defeated Detroit 63-27 First Round—lost to Philadelphia 52-45 Eastern Division Final
  • 1975: 36-8 First in Eastern Division—Bye in First Round—defeated Boston 2 games to 0 Eastern Division Final—defeated Golden Gaters (San Francisco) 2 games to 1 for WTT Championship
  • 1976: 24-20 Second in Eastern Division—lost to New York 2 games to 1 Eastern Division Final
  • 1977: Become Pennsylvania Keystones during off-season, intending to play home games in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia; fold before season begins primarily due to financial reasons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WTT Pittsburgh Triangles". Retrieved 2008-11-02. 

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