Bob Prince, also known as 'The Gunner' was the voice of Pirate baseball from 1948 to 1975. Bob's trademarks were colorful sport jackets and colorful phrases. Kiss it Good-by" was Prince's signature home run call. Another popular home run call was "Chicken on the Hill!" That was a special call invented for blasts by Pirate slugger Willie Stargell. It was based on the fact that Stargell owned a chicken restaurant in Pittsburgh's Hill District section. When Stargell knocked one out of the park one night, Prince spontaneously declared over the radio that there was "Chicken on the Hill"--free chicken at Stargell's restaurant. The place was immediately swamped and "Chicken on the Hill" became a part of Pittsburgh sports lore.

Bob Prince was a close friend of Art Rooney, Sr. and when 'The Chief' decided to start a dinner to support the Catholic Youth Association, Prince was a key figure. Although Bob's first love was baseball, he followed every sport in town. The Bob Prince Award annually honors individuals who have had a strong impact on the local sports scene. The list of Bob Prince Award winners is shown below.

Bob Prince Award Winners

2016 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
2015 Brett Keisel, Pittsburg Steelers
2014 Joe Walton, Robert Morris University
2013 Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers
2012 Frank B. Fuhrer, III, Professional Golf
2011 Neil Walker & Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh Pirates
2010 Ron Everhart, Duquesne University
2009 Jamie Dixon, University of Pittsburgh
2008 Dick LeBeau, Pittsburgh Steelers
2007 Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers
2006 Not Awarded
2005 Central Catholic Football Team State Champs
2004 Mark Bulger, Central Catholic H.S., West Virginia University, St. Louis Rams NFL
2003 John "Bull" Schweder, University of Pennyslvania, Pittsburgh Steelers
2002 Rich Lackner, Carnegie Mellon University
2001 Dick Hoak, Pittsburgh Steelers
2000 Chip Ganassi, Chip Ganassi Racing
1999 Lanny Frattere, Pittsburgh Pirates
1998 Jack Butler, Pittsburgh Steelers
1997 Johnny Majors, University of Pittsburgh
1996 Bill Hillgrove, Sportscaster
1995 Frank B. Fuhrer, Pirttsburgh Triangles
1994 Myron Cope, Sportscaster
1993 Bob Murphy, Golf
1992 Andy Russell, Pittsburgh Steelers
1991 Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh Steelers
1990 Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh Steelers
1989 Mike Webster, Pittsburgh Steelers
1988 Joe Greene, Pittsburgh Steelers
1987 Dan McCann, Football
1986 Jack Ham, Pittsburgh Steelers

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