Werth's grandfather has legacy in Pittsburgh

Werth's grandfather has legacy in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- Memories of former Pirates infielder Ducky Schofield were stirred up and shared at PNC Park prior to Saturday -- and from inside the visitors' dugout, no less.

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is the grandson of Schofield, who played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues, with parts of eight of those in Pittsburgh. One of those eight seasons was 1960, making Schofield a member of the franchise's third World Series championship club.

Schofield was a bench player for most of the season, but he was thrust into a starting role in September after shortstop Dick Groat was hurt. Schofield hit .248 while playing 576 games for the Pirates.

Plenty familiar with Schofield's legacy in Pittsburgh, Werth reflected on his grandfather's career upon his arrival this weekend.

"You see that clip a lot on TV of [Bill] Mazeroski's home run when he's coming home," Werth said. "Every time you see it -- there is No. 11 jumping around the pile. It's definitely a moment in my family's history and obviously Pittsburgh sports history. It's a special thing for me, because my grandfather had a long career."

"People come up to me all the time, especially people from Pittsburgh, and they tell me they remember my grandfather and what he did for the team and the organization and the city, and it's pretty special for me."