"Jim Rooker - a true gentleman and the pride of Pittsburgh; the only ballplayer who ever picked up the dinner tab!" - Stu Baron and Hank Wallace ~~~ "It's like walking down the street and finding money." - Jim Rooker, on being traded to the three-time defending NL East winning Pirates" ~~~ "(Manager) Chuck Tanner used to have a bed check just for me every night. No problem. My bed was always there." - Pitcher Jim Rooker (1981) ~~~

Jim Rooker now writing children’s books

PITTSBURGH — Jim Rooker has done a little bit of everything over the years. He pitched in the major leagues for 13 seasons from 1968-80, including an eight-year run with the Pirates. Since his playing career ended, Rooker has served a broadcaster, restaurant owner and even made a run, albeit unsuccessful, for Congress. The 67-year-old [...]