Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Franco-Roberto Connection

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Franco-Roberto Connection

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As a member of the Clemente Society, Franco Harris has just finished a barrel of personalized wine made at Engine House 25 Wines and is getting ready to have a second barrel made.

"The old barrel was a cabernet sangiovese,'" Mr. Harris said. "We used a blend to make a chianti-like profile. The next barrel will age in a Hungarian oak barrel, and [with it] we are honoring Les Banos, a photographer who was from Hungary."

Mr. Harris was a rookie Steeler in 1972 when Clemente was playing his last season, and although they never met, they have a connection in Mr. Banos, who died in 2012. Mr. Banos was a photographer for the Steelers and the Pirates and was very close to Clemente.

"He was supposed to be on the plane with Roberto to Nicaragua, but because of the Immaculate Reception, he had to stay to cover the next game," Mr. …

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