PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – He was famous in the stands at the Pittsburgh Pirates game. Phil Coyne is now remembered as a longtime team opener, a huge fan and a cherished member of the community.
Family members said Coyne passed away on Friday morning. He is 102 years old.
With a heavy heart we confirm the news of Phil Coyne’s departure has opened up long ago.
Today we remember life and many memorable moments that we shared with Phil.
We extend our deepest condolences to the Coyne family and the friends Phil has made over the years. pic.twitter.com/0CJyutXSZ1
– Pirates (@Pirates) April 9, 2021
Coyne was only shy when she turned an astonishing 103. He grew up in Oakland and had an extraordinary life.
In 2018, a sign dedicated to Coyne between Seasons 26 and 27 at PNC Park, where he has been working since the soccer field opened in 2001.
Coyne joined the organization at the age of 18, and his famous smile has earned him popularity.
– City of Pittsburgh (@Pittsburgh) April 9, 2021
He retired just before turning 100.
Pirates estimate Coyne has worked on more than 6,000 games at Forbes Field, Three Rivers Stadium and PNC Park.
His uniform and employee identification badge were donated to the baseball team’s Hall of Fame.
The pirates made this statement to the Coyne family and fans:
“With a heavy heart we confirm the news of Phil Coyne’s departure has opened up a long time.
“Today we recall life and many memorable moments that we shared with Phil.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the Coyne family and the friends Phil has made over the years.”