Team Spotlight: Pittsburgh Pirates

Posted on February 04 2021

Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an American professional baseball team known as the Pittsburgh Pirates compete in MLB (Major League Baseball) as a member of the NL (National League) Central division. Originally, under the name Pittsburgh Allegheny, they were founded in 1881 as part of the American Association. In 1887, they joined the National League. From 1969 through 1993, they were a member of the National League East.

Team Spotlight Pittsburgh Pirates.

Team Accomplishments

  • Appearances in a Wildcard Game – 3
  • National League East division titles – 9
  • National League pennants – 9
  • World Series championships – 5

After the turn-of-the-century, the Pirates were one of baseball's best teams, despite 1880s to 1890s struggles. In 1903, they played in the inaugural World Series.

The Pirates gained notoriety, in part, by taking part in a World Series ending that was arguably one of the most famous. With a walk-off Bill Mazeroski homerun, against the New York Yankees, they won the 1960 World Series. It was the only time in a World Series that, in game seven, a homerun won the game.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trivia

  • Aliases for the Pirates include "Buccos" and "Bucs”.
  • Since 2001, Pittsburgh's Northside PNC Park is where home games have been played.
  • From 1909 to 1970, they played at Forbes Field.
  • From 1970 to 2000, they played at Three Rivers Stadium.
  • Matching other professional Pittsburgh sports teams (i.e., Penguins and the Steelers), team colors for the Pittsburgh Pirates include white, gold, and black.

First Time Accomplishments in MLB

The Pittsburgh Pirates, or as a former version of the team, have accomplished many first-time achievements in the MLB. Some of these are as follows:

  • First African born MLB player, Gift Ngoepe – 2017 (April)
  • First Lithuanian born MLB player, Joe Zapustus – 1933 (as the Philadelphia Athletics)
  • First team in the MLB to turn a 4-5-4 triple play – 2015 (May)
  • First team in the MLB to sign Indian players, Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh – 2008 (November)
  • First in MLB history combined extra inning no-hitter – 1997 (July)
  • First MLB all-minority lineup – 1971 (September)
  • First major league club to use cotton-nylon blend to create their uniforms. They featured beltless pants and pullover shirts – 1970
  • First team, on both defense and offense, to permanently adopt batting helmets – 1953
  • Winning a best-of-seven World Series, first team in the MLB to recover from a deficit of three games to one – 1925
  • First radio broadcast MLB game – 1921

Numbers That Have Been Retired By the Pittsburgh Pirates

Number 42 (Jackie Robinson) was retired league wide, but there are additional jersey numbers retired by the Pirates. They are as follows:

  • Danny Murtaugh – number 40
  • Honus Wegner – number 33
  • Roberto Clemente – number 21
  • Pie Trainer – number 20
  • Paul Waner – number 11
  • Bill Mazeroski – number 9
  • Willie Stargell – number 8
  • Ralph Kiner – number 4
  • Bill Meyer (manager) – number 1

Pittsburgh Pirates GOATS

Though there have been numerous outstanding players in the MLB, courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates, here are some of the standouts:

  • Andrew McCutchen
  • Paul Warner
  • Willie Stargell
  • Ralph Kiner
  • Barry Bonds
  • Arky Vaughn
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Honus Wegner
  • Dave Parker
  • Brian Giles
  • Babe Adams
  • Wilbur Cooper
  • Fred Clarke
  • Bob Friend
  • Andy Van Slyke
  • Max Carey
  • John Candelaria
  • Starling Martels
  • Elbie Fletcher
  • Jason Kendall

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