Since putting a dismal streak of 20 straight losing seasons behind them in 2013 — the longest stretch of sub-.500 campaigns in North American professional sports history — the Pittsburgh Pirates have all but become postseason mainstays. Although they fell short of the playoffs in 2018, there’s ample reason for optimism in and around PNC Park, the top vote-getter in a recent “Best of the Ballparks” poll by BallparkDigest.com. As always, Pirates tickets promise a sea of black and gold on game day, an atmosphere that brings together generations of baseball fans in Steel City.
Pittsburgh Pirates Team Info
The five-time World Series champs have been a staple on the Pittsburgh sporting scene for more than a century. After back-to-back trips to the Wild Card Game, the Pirates fell short of the postseason in 2016-18. Growing pains aside, the team, adjusting to life after Andrew McCutchen (now with the Philadelphia Phillies), boasts some marquee performers in Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte, Josh Bell, Corey Dickerson, Francisco Cervelli and hurler Chris Archer.
Pittsburgh Pirates History
The Pittsburgh Pirates were founded in 1882. Succinctly known as Allegheny, the franchise changed its name to the Pirates in the early 1890s. Plenty of icons have suited up at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers over the generations, including Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, Willie Stargell, Bill Mazeroski, Dave Parker, Bert Blyleven and Ralph Kiner. The Pirates have won five World Series crowns, to go along with nine division titles. Their most recent World Series triumph came in 1979 with the “We Are Family” Pirates, who dispatched the Baltimore Orioles four games to three.
Pittsburgh Pirates Greatest Moments
After winning the division in ’70, the ’71, Pittsburgh had some major expectations thanks to one of the most talented lineups in the franchise's history. That year, Roberto Clemente & Co. lived up to the hype, delivering another divisional title and leading the Pirates to a dramatic Game 7 World Series win over the Orioles. Clemente would end up hitting .414 for the series, landing him MVP honors.
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