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Encyclopedia > History of the Pittsburgh Pirates

The following is a history of the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. Major league affiliations National League (1887–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42 Name Pittsburgh Pirates (1891–present) Pittsburgh Innocents (1890) Pittsburg Alleghenies (1882–1889) (Also referred to as Infants in 1890) Ballpark PNC Park (2001–present) Three Rivers... This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ...

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Franchise history

Name

The original name of Pittsburgh's National League franchise was the Pittsburgh Alleghenies. Some contend this is from the county in which Pittsburgh is the seat of government. Others say that it was named after the mountain range in the region. Others maintain that Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became Pittsburgh's northside after a 1907 annexation, was the tale behind the moniker. It is also one of the three major rivers in the city (the river of that name joins the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River). In the 1890s, the club was referred to as the Pittsburgh Innocents before the Pirates name stuck by the end of that decade. The 1890s were sometimes referred to as the Mauve Decade, because William Henry Perkins aniline dye allowed the widespread use of that colour in fashion, and also as the Gay Nineties, under the then-current usage of the word gay which referred simply to merriment and frivolity, with no...


When the renegade Players League dissolved after the 1890 season, most of the league's player contracts were assigned to National League and American Association clubs, mostly to their previous clubs provided they had been "reserved" by their former teams' owners. Highly-regarded second baseman Lou Bierbauer, who had previously played with the Philadelphia Athletics of the Association, was awarded to the Pittsburgh team on the grounds that the A's had not reserved him. This led to loud complaints by the Athletics that the Pittsburgh club were "pirates". This incident (which is discussed at some length in The Beer and Whisky League, by David Nemec, 1994) quickly accelerated into a schism between the leagues that contributed to the demise of the A.A. The colorful epithet stuck with the Pittsburghers, and eventually became the club's official nickname. It was first acknowledged on the team's jerseys in 1912, but even by the 1903 World Series, "Pirates" was in common usage. (Years later, the "Mr. Yuk" poison warning was developed due to the traditional skull-and-crossbones being associated with the Pirates baseball team.) The Players League, also known as The Brotherhood, was an attempt to establish a third major baseball league in 1890. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1890 throughout the world. ... Lou Bierbauer (September 28, 1865 - January 31, 1926) of Erie, Pennsylvania, was considered a top-notch second baseman in Major League Baseball during the late 1880s and 1890s. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1912 throughout the world. ... 1903 World Series Poster (a latter-day mockup) The 1903 World Series, the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball, matched the Boston Americans against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Boston prevailing five games to three. ... Mr. ...


Pre-1900

Professional Baseball started in Pittsburgh in 1876 though the teams of the era were "independents," barnstorming throughout the region and not affiliated with any organized league, though they did have salaries and were run as a business organization [1]. In 1882 the baseball team in the city joined the American Association as a founding member. After five mediocre seasons in the AA, Pittsburgh became the first AA team to switch to the older, more respectable National League in 1887. Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, Steel Town, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18... The following are the baseball events of the year 1876 throughout the world. ... The American Association (AA) was a baseball major league from 1882 to 1891. ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1887 throughout the world. ...


In these early days, the club benefitted three times from mergers with defunct clubs. The AA club picked up a number of players from a defunct Columbus, Ohio, team in 1885. In 1890, they merged with the Players League franchise in the city after that league folded. This same season the team experienced their worst season record in franchise history going 23-113 [2]. In 1900, the Pirates picked up several players from the defunct Louisville Colonels club, which shared an owner with Pittsburgh, when the NL contracted from 12 to 8 teams after the 1899 season. Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1885 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1890 throughout the world. ... The Players League, also known as The Brotherhood, was an attempt to establish a third major baseball league in 1890. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... The Louisville Colonels were a Major League Baseball team that played in the American Association throughout that leagues ten-year existence from 1882 until 1891, first as the Louisville Eclipse (1882- 1884) and later as the Louisville Colonels (1885 -1891). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1899 throughout the world. ...


1901–1969

Bolstered by former Colonels Honus Wagner (who was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area) and player/manager Fred Clarke, the 19011903 Pirates completely dominated the National League, in part because they lost few star players to the rival American League. However, owing to injuries to their starting pitchers, they lost the first World Series ever played, in 1903 to Boston. Deacon Phillippe pitched five complete games, winning three of them, but it was not enough. With largely the same star players, the Pirates would continue to be a strong team over the next few years, and got their first World Series title in 1909, defeating the Detroit Tigers in seven games. Honus Wagner Johannes Peter Wagner (February 24, 1874 - December 6, 1955), nicknamed Honus and The Flying Dutchman, is considered one of the greatest players in the history of major league baseball. ... Fred Clarke of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the West Side Grounds in 1903. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1901 throughout the world. ... Births June 19 - Lou Gehrig - Hall of Fame First baseman ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... 1903 World Series Poster (a latter-day mockup) The 1903 World Series, the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball, matched the Boston Americans against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with Boston prevailing five games to three. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (1901-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 2004... Charles Louis Deacon Phillippe (originally Phillippi) (May 23, 1872-March 30, 1952) was a turn-of-the-century pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... The 1909 World Series featured the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Bennett Park (1894-1911) Major league titles World Series titles (4) 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 â€¢ 1935 AL Pennants (10) 2006 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1968 â€¢ 1945 1940...


The decline of Honus Wagner, considered by many to be the greatest shortstop ever, led to a number of losing seasons, culminating in a disastrous 51-103 record in 1918, However, veteran outfielder Max Carey and young players Pie Traynor and Kiki Cuyler, along with a remarkably deep pitching staff, brought the Pirates back into the spotlight. The Pirates recovered from a 3-1 deficit to win the 1925 World Series over the Washington Senators, and reached the 1927 World Series before losing in a sweep to the New York Yankees, who at that time had built the most dominant team in baseball. The 1927 season was the first for the sharp-hitting combination of brothers Lloyd Waner and Paul Waner, who along with shortstop Arky Vaughan ensured that the Pirates had plenty of Hall of Fame-caliber position players through 1941. However, the Pirates' crushing defeats of 1927 and 1938 (they lost the pennant to the Chicago Cubs in the final days of the 1938 season) were tremendous setbacks. Honus Wagner Johannes Peter Wagner (February 24, 1874 - December 6, 1955), nicknamed Honus and The Flying Dutchman, is considered one of the greatest players in the history of major league baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1912 throughout the world. ... Max Carey baseball card, 1912 Max George Carey (January 11, 1890 - May 30, 1976) was an American center fielder in Major League Baseball who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Harold Joseph Pie Traynor (November 11, 1899 - March 16, 1972) was a Major League Baseball third baseman who played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1920-37). ... Hazen Shirley Kiki Cuyler (b. ... The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Senators in 7 games. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... In the 1927 World Series, the New York Yankees swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in four big games. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... April 12 - President Calvin Coolidge throws out the first ball in Washington D.C. as the Washington Senators lost to the Boston Red Sox 6-2. ... Lloyd James Waner (March 16, 1906 - July 22, 1982) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Paul Glee Waner (April 16, 1903 - August 29, 1965) was an American player in Major League Baseball who, along with his brother Lloyd, starred in the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield in the 1920s and 1930s. ... Joseph Floyd Arky Vaughan (March 9, 1912 _ August 30, 1952) was a Major League Baseball shortstop. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1941 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1938 throughout the world. ...


The post-World War II years were not kind to the Pirates, despite the presence of a genuine star in Ralph Kiner, who led the National League in home runs for seven consecutive seasons (1946 through 1952). But the team around Kiner placed in the first division only one time — in 1948 — and in 1952 compiled one of the worst records in major league history, winning 42 and losing 112 games (.273) and finishing 54½ games out of first place. In 1946, the long era of ownership by the Barney Dreyfuss family came to an end, as a syndicate including entertainer Bing Crosby bought the team. By 1950, Columbus, Ohio-based real estate tycoon John W. Galbreath emerged as majority owner, and his family would run the team for another 35 years and supervise its rise to the top of the NL. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Ralph McPherran Kiner (born October 27, 1922) is an American former Major League Baseball player and current announcer. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1948 throughout the world. ... The following are the events of the year 1952 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world. ... Barney Dreyfuss (February 23, 1865 Freiburg, Germany as Bernhard Dreyfuss - February 5, 1932 New York, New York). ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1950 throughout the world. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio Counties Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield Government  - Mayor Michael B. Coleman (D) Area  - City  212. ... John W. Galbreath (August 10, 1897 - July 20, 1988) was an American building contractor, sportsman and philanthropist. ...


Galbreath's first major move, the hiring of Branch Rickey as general manager after the 1950 campaign, was initially a great disappointment to Pittsburgh fans. Rickey had invented the farm system with the Cardinals and broken the baseball color line with the Dodgers — and built dynasties at each club. But in Pittsburgh, he purged the Bucs' roster of its higher-salaried veterans (including Kiner in 1953) and flooded the team with young players. Many of those young players faltered; however, those who fulfilled Rickey's faith in them — pitchers Vern Law and Bob Friend, shortstop Dick Groat, second baseman Bill Mazeroski and especially outfielder Roberto Clemente, drafted from Brooklyn after his only minor league season — would form the nucleus of the Pirates' 1960 championship club. Moreover, Rickey put into place one of baseball's most successful farm and scouting systems that kept the team competitive into the late 1970s. But all this was not evident when Rickey retired due to ill health in 1955, with the Pirates still struggling to escape the NL basement. 1914 E145 Crackerjack Branch Rickey Wesley Branch Rickey (December 20, 1881 – December 9, 1965) was an innovative Major League Baseball executive best known for two things: breaking baseballs color barrier by signing the African-American player Jackie Robinson, and later drafting the first Hispanic superstar, Roberto Clemente; and creating... In Major League Baseball, the General Manager of a team typically controls player transactions and bears the primary responsibility on behalf of the ballclub during contract discussions with players. ... The farm system is a slang term used in baseball to refer to the systematic control or ownership of minor league baseball clubs by major league teams, who move players from the lowest to the highest classification as they gain experience and enjoy success at each level. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... The baseball color line was the policy, unwritten for nearly its entire duration, which excluded African American baseball players from organized baseball in the United States before 1946. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... The following are the events of the year 1953 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Vernon Sanders Law (Born March 12, 1930 in Meridian, Idaho) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. ... Robert Bartmess Friend (born November 24, 1930 in Lafayette, Indiana) is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who pitched primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1951-1965), joining the New York Yankees and New York Mets in his final season of 1966. ... Richard Morrow Groat (born November 4, 1930 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball who played with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1952, 1955-62), St. ... William Stanley Mazeroski (born September 5, 1936 in Wheeling, West Virginia), nicknamed Maz, and also called simply The Glove by radio broadcaster Bob Prince, is a former Major League Baseball player. ... Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Major League Baseball right fielder and right-handed batter. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1960 throughout the world. ...


The postwar Pirates would have only one winning season until 1958, Danny Murtaugh's first full season as their manager. Murtaugh is widely credited for inventing the concept of the closer by frequently playing pitcher Elroy Face late in close games. The 1960 team featured eight All-Stars, but was widely predicted to lose the World Series to a powerful New York Yankees team. In one of the most memorable World Series in history, the Pirates were defeated by more than ten runs in three games, won three close games, then recovered from a 7-4 deficit late in Game 7 to eventually win on a walk-off home run by Mazeroski, a second baseman otherwise better known for defensive wizardry. (The 1960 Pirates were the only team between 1945 and 2001 to have not succumbed to the so-called "Ex-Cubs Factor" in the postseason. They were also unique for winning a World Series on a home run, a feat duplicated by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993.) The following are the events of the year 1958 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Daniel Edward Murtaugh ( October 8, 1917 - December 2, 1976) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball best known for his leadership of the Pittsburgh Pirates from the 1950s to the 1970s. ... Mariano Rivera is the closer for the New York Yankees. ... Elroy Leon Face (born February 20, 1928 in Stephentown, New York) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953, 1955-68), Detroit Tigers (1968) and Montreal Expos (1969). ... Bill Mazeroskis famous game-winning home run at Forbes Field to win the 1960 World Series The 1960 World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) and New York Yankees (AL). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The following are the baseball events of the year 1945 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The Ex-Cubs Factor is a seemingly spurious correlation that is essentially a corollary to the Curse of the Billy Goat. ...

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The 1960s would continue with extremely solid defensive play by Mazeroski and the first Puerto Rican superstar, Roberto Clemente. Clemente was regarded as one of the game's best all-time hitters, and possessed a tremendous arm in right field. Although not the first black-Hispanic baseball player (an honor belonging to Minnie Minoso), Clemente's charisma and leadership in humanitarian causes made him an icon across the continent. During his playing career, Clemente was vastly overlooked. Looking back, however, many consider Clemente to have been the greatest right fielder in baseball history. Image File history File links Piratelogo6067. ... Image File history File links Piratelogo6067. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Minnie Miñoso [me-NYO-so] (b. ...


Even with Clemente, however, the Pirates struggled for the remainder of the decade, and Murtaugh was replaced by Harry Walker in 1965. Harry William Walker, known to baseball fans of the middle 20th century as Harry the Hat (October 22, 1918 – August 8, 1999) was an American baseball player, manager and coach {baseball)|coach]]. The member of a distinguished baseball family, Harry was the son of former Washington Senators pitcher Ewart “Dixie... The following are the baseball events of the year 1965 throughout the world. ...


1970–1979 and "The Family"

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Slugger Willie Stargell became a fixture in the Pittsburgh lineup in the late 1960s, and the Pirates returned to prominence in 1970. Murtaugh returned as manager and the Pirates' home field, Forbes Field, was demolished in favor of the multi-purpose Three Rivers Stadium. In 1970, the Pirates won their first of five division titles over the next six years, and won their fourth World Series in 1971 behind a .414 Series batting average by Clemente. They also thought they had a genuine superstar pitcher (historically rare for the Pirates) in Steve Blass, who pitched two excellent games in the World Series and had excellent seasons in 1968 and 1972. In 1971, the Pirates also became the first Major League Baseball team to field an all-black starting lineup. [1] That lineup, on September 1, was Rennie Stennett, Gene Clines, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillen, Dave Cash, Al Oliver, Jackie Hernandez, and Dock Ellis.[2] Image File history File links Piratelogo6786. ... Image File history File links Piratelogo6786. ... Wilver Dornel Willie Stargell (March 6, 1940 – April 9, 2001), nicknamed Pops in the later years of his career, was a professional baseball player who played his entire Major League career (1962-1982) with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an outfielder and first baseman. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... Forbes Field was a Major League Baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood (or University District) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Honus Wagner Statue outside Gate C Three Rivers Stadium was a multipurpose sports stadium and event facility located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The stadiums name was derived from the junction of the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, where they formed the Ohio River, the Golden Triangle. The stadium was... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... The 1971 World Series matched the defending champion Baltimore Orioles against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Pirates winning in seven games. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Steve Blass (born April 18, 1942 in Canaan, Connecticut) is a former Major League Baseball right handed pitcher and a current broadcast announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... See also: 1970 in sports, other events of 1971, 1972 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... September 1 is the 244th day of the year (245th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Rennie Stennett, born Renaldo Antonio Stennett Porte (April 5, 1951 in Colón, Panama), is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball. ...   Eugene Anthony (Gene) Clines (born October 6, 1946 in San Pablo, California) is currently the hitting coach of the Chicago Cubs. ... Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Major League Baseball right fielder and right-handed batter. ... Wilver Dornel Willie Stargell (March 6, 1940 – April 9, 2001), nicknamed Pops in the later years of his career, was a professional baseball player who played his entire Major League career (1962-1982) with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an outfielder and first baseman. ... Manuel De Jesus Sanguillen Magan, better known as Manny Sanguillen or Sangy (born March 21, 1944 in Colon, Panama), is a former catcher in Major League Baseball. ... Dave Cash (born June 11, 1948 in Utica, New York) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played in the National League for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1969-1973), Philadelphia Phillies (1974-1976), Montreal Expos (1977-1979) and San Diego Padres (1980). ... Albert Oliver, Jr. ... Dock Phillip Ellis, Jr. ...


Clemente died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 while accompanying a shipment of relief supplies to the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. He had reached the milestone of 3,000 career hits, a standup double, just a few months earlier, on September 30, 1972, in what would prove to be his last regular season hit. The Baseball Hall of Fame waived its usual waiting requirement and inducted Clemente immediately. Pittsburgh would eventually erect a statue and name a bridge and park near the stadium after him. In 1973, Blass suffered a mysterious breakdown in his pitching abilities and posted an outrageous 9.85 ERA. To this day, pitchers who suddenly lose the ability to throw strikes are said to have "Steve Blass disease". Some speculated that the emotional shock of his friend Clemente's death contributed to his breakdown. He retired soon afterwards; he has now been one of the Pirates' radio and TV announcers for almost two decades. December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The Roberto Clemente Bridge is a 995-foot-long suspension bridge over the Allegheny River in the North Side area of downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 3 - A group of investors, headed by shipbuilder George Steinbrenner, purchases the New York Yankees from CBS for $10 million. ...


Stargell, speedy Omar Moreno and power-hitting but ostentatious and unpopular Dave Parker became the cornerstones of the Pirates as Murtaugh left and Chuck Tanner took over as manager in 1977. Adopting the popular disco anthem "We Are Family" as their theme song, the Pirates won a fifth World Series, again in seven games, on October 17, 1979. Omar Renan Moreno Quintero (born October 24, 1952, Puerto Armuelles, Panama) was a Major League Baseball outfielder from 1975-86. ... David Gene Parker (born June 9, 1951 in Calhoun, Missouri) is an American former player in Major League Baseball. ... Charles William Tanner (Born July 4, 1929 in New Castle, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball player and manager. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1977 throughout the world. ... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music that was first popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s. ... Sister Sledge is an American musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 1972 and consisting of four singers, all of whom are sisters: Kim, Debbie, Joni, and Kathy Sledge. ... Dates: October 10 – October 17 MVP: Willie Stargell (Pittsburgh) Television: ABC Announcers: Keith Jackson (Games 1-2; Games 6-7), Al Michaels (Games 3-5), Howard Cosell, and Don Drysdale (In 2006 a collectors edition DVD box set, featuring the complete telecasts of all seven games, was issued by... October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world. ...


1980s and 1990s: The Leyland Era

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Following was a period of decline until the Pirates were regarded as the worst team in baseball during the mid-1980s. Jim Leyland took over as manager, and the Pirates gradually climbed out of the cellar behind young and exciting players such as "outfield of dreams" Bobby Bonilla, Barry Bonds, and Andy Van Slyke; infielders Jay Bell, Sid Bream, and Jose Lind; and pitchers Doug Drabek and Stan Belinda. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The 1980s refers to the period where corey sucks peters and has a not little to look at his little penis of and between 1980 and 1989. ... James Richard Leyland (born December 15, 1944, in Perrysburg, Ohio) is a Major League Baseball manager for the Detroit Tigers. ... routine chopper to third. ... Barry Lamar Bonds. ... Andrew James Van Slyke (born December 21, 1960 in Utica, New York) is a retired American Major League Baseball outfielder, and the current first base coach for the Detroit Tigers. ... Jay Stuart Bell (b. ... Sidney Eugene Sid Bream (born August 3, 1960 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania) is an American former Major League Baseball player. ... José Lind Salgado, nicknamed Chico, (Born May 1, 1964 in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball player, and the current manager of the Atlantic Leagues Bridgeport Bluefish. ... Douglas Dean Drabek (born July 25, 1962 in Victoria, Texas) was a Major League Baseball player. ... Stanley Peter Belinda (Born August 6, 1966 in Huntingdon, PA) is a former Major League Baseball player. ...


As a rookie in 1982 Johnny Ray played in every game and was named the Rookie of the Year by the Sporting News. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... John Cornelius Ray (born March 1, 1957 in Chouteau, Oklahoma) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who had a 10-year career from 1981 to 1990. ...


In 1988, the young team finished 85-75 and seemed ready to compete for a pennant. The Pirates would indeed win the division three straight times in 1990–92, but the 1989 season was a major setback, with injuries depleting the squad and leading to a 5th-place finish. Among the low points of the season was a game on June 8, 1989, where the Pirates became the first team in major-league history to score 10 runs in the first inning and nevertheless lose the game.[3] Pirates broadcaster (and former pitcher) Jim Rooker famously vowed that if the team blew the lead, he would walk home from Philadelphia—a vow he fulfilled after the season while raising money for charity.[4] Jim Rooker (1970s) Jim Rooker (born James Phillip Rooker on September 23, 1942 in Lakeview, Oregon) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and broadcaster. ... A charitable organization (also known as a charity) is a trust, company or unincorporated association established for charitable purposes only. ...


The Pirates would win the first three division titles of the 1990s, but failed to advance to the World Series each time, the second two losing closely contested seven-game series to the Atlanta Braves. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ...

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For more details on this topic, see 1992 National League Championship Series.

Since the heartbreaking lost to the Braves in the 1992 NLCS, the Pirates have not had a winning season. The closest to a winning team was the 1997 "Freak Show" team, which finished second in the NL Central. This team was eliminated during the season's final week, despite having a losing record and a payroll of only $9 million. The 1990 National League Championship Series was played between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Reds coming out on top in the series 4-2. ... The 1991 National League Championship Series was played between the Atlanta Braves (94-68) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (98-64), with the Braves coming out on top in the series 4-3. ... The 1992 National League Championship Series was played between the Atlanta Braves (98-64) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (95-66) from October 6 to October 14. ... The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ...


The failure of the Pirates to compete in recent years has been blamed on "small market syndrome"; teams located in small cities such as Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and Kansas City cannot compete with New York City and Boston without a salary cap or similar agreement, as the better players tend to gravitate towards cities where teams generate more revenue, meaning larger salaries. Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, Steel Town, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18... Landsat image of Tampa Bay Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor and estuary along the Gulf of Mexico on the western coast of Florida, made up of Old Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay, McKay Bay, and the New Tampa Bay. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Government  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area  - City  89. ... In Professional sports, a salary cap (often called a wage cap in the United Kingdom) is a limit on the amount of money a team can spend on player salaries, either as a per-player limit or a total limit for the teams roster (or both). ...


2000–present: The PNC Park Years

Pirates Alternate Logo 1997–Present

The Pirates opened a new stadium, PNC Park, in 2001. Due to its simple, unpretentious concept and strategic usage of the remarkably beautiful Pittsburgh skyline, it is frequently regarded (as in a recent ESPN article) as currently the best park in baseball. Despite this, the Pirates' performance has translated to subpar attendance figures. With the end of the 2006 season, the Pirates had failed to compile at least a .500 winning percentage in 14 straight seasons. This streak is the longest in any of the country's four major professional sports leagues. [5] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... PNC Park is a baseball stadium located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, Steel Town, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18... {{Infobox Network | network_name = ESPN| network_logo = | country =  United States| network_type = Cable Television Network| available = National| owner = The Walt Disney Company (80%) Hearst Corporation (20%)| key_people = George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. ...


Their overall lack of success in the last decade have been blamed partly on former general manager Cam Bonifay, who gave large contracts to players such as Derek Bell while failing to identify, develop, and retain numerous young potential star players. Despite poor play in 2001, Bell announced that he would begin "Operation Shutdown", a passive-aggressive ploy in which he would fail to play effectively in response to losing his role as a starter. Cameron Hubert Bonifay (born 1952, St. ... Derek Nathaniel Bell (born December 11, 1968 in Tampa, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... Passive-aggressive personality disorder is a personality disorder whereby someone displays a pattern of negative attitudes and passive resistance in interpersonal or occupational situations. ...


Current general manager Dave Littlefield was installed midway through the 2001 season and began overhauling the team to comply with owner Kevin McClatchy's dictum to drastically reduce the payroll. Enigmatic but talented third baseman Aramis Ramírez was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2003 for a fairly minimal return under pressure to dump his $6 million salary for 2004, and he proceeded to become a star for the Cubs. Brian Giles was one of the National League's best hitters for several years, but he and his $9 million salary were also traded in 2003 to the San Diego Padres for youngsters Oliver Pérez, Jason Bay, and Cory Stewart. Pirate fans found this trade much more palatable in the short run, as Pérez led the majors in strikeouts per inning and Bay won the Rookie of the Year Award award in 2004, while Giles put up a subpar season by his standards. After the 2004 season, Jason Kendall went to the Oakland Athletics in a cross-exchange of high-salary players. Though this rash of trades has not been popular in Pittsburgh, it is generally accepted that it can mostly be attributed to the aforementioned "small market syndrome." This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... Kevin S. McClatchy (born January 13, 1963 in Sacramento, CA) has been part-owner and General Partner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team since 1996. ... Aramis Nin Ramírez (born June 25, 1978 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a third baseman in Major League Baseball who has played for the Chicago Cubs since 2003 and on November 12, 2006 signed a five year deal with the Cubs with an option for 2011. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... Brian Stephen Giles (born January 21, 1971, in El Cajon, California) is a Major League Baseball right fielder who plays for the San Diego Padres (2003–present). ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada (until 2005 when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington) and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... Oliver Pérez Martinez (born August 15, 1981) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Jason Raymond Bay (born September 20, 1978 in Trail, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian baseball player, who plays left field for the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... Inning is a town in the district of Erding in Bavaria in Germany. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... Jason Daniel Kendall (born June 26, 1974 in San Diego, California) is a catcher in Major League Baseball with the Oakland Athletics. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43, (As) Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... Nickname: Steel City, Iron City, Steel Town, City of Champions, City of Bridges, City of Colleges, The Burgh Motto: Benigno Numine (With the Benevolent Deity) Location in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Allegheny County Founded November 25, 1758 Incorporated April 22, 1794 (borough)   March 18...


Illustrating the Pirates' rebuilding efforts, at the close of the 2005 season, the team fielded the youngest roster in baseball, with an average age of 26.6. (The next youngest team was the Kansas City Royals, with an average age of 27.1.) During the course of the season, 14 players were called up from its Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians, 12 of whom made their first major league appearance. On September 6, manager Lloyd McClendon was fired after 5 losing seasons as manager. On October 11, Jim Tracy was hired as the new manager. The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... League International League Division West Division Year founded 1902 Major League affiliation Pittsburgh Pirates Home ballpark Victory Field Previous home ballparks Perry Stadium City Indianapolis, Indiana Current uniform colors red, black Previous uniform colors Logo design A Native American design in red with white and black details with a black... Lloyd Glenn McClendon (born January 11, 1959 in Gary, Indiana) attended Gary Roosvelt High School, played Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs and is currently the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... You may have been looking for another Jim Tracy, a member of the Tennessee Senate. ...


The 2006 season got off to a slow start with the Pirates losing their first six games. Manager Jim Tracy earned his first win as the new Pirate's skipper on April 9 against the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates hosted the 2006 All Star Game at PNC Park. The Pirates went into the game with a disastrous and disappointing 30-60 record. During the second half of the season, the Pirates made a successful turn around and finished the second half with a 37-35 record. This is the first time the Pirates have finished the second half of the season with a winning record since 1992. Third baseman Freddy Sanchez won the National League batting title for the 2006 season with an average of .344. The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... You may have been looking for another Jim Tracy, a member of the Tennessee Senate. ... April 9 is the 99th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (100th in leap years). ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... PNC Park is a baseball stadium located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Frederick Phillip (Freddy) Sanchez (born December 27, 1977 in Hollywood, California) is an infielder in Major League Baseball. ... American League National League ...


On Oct. 1, 2006, after 51 years, Newsradio 1020 KDKA AM broadcasted its final Pirates game. The Pirates won the game over the Reds 1-0 . As part of a five-year deal between the Pirates and Clear Channel Communications, the Pirates games will air on WPGB FM Newstalk 104.7. Not to be confused with clear channel radio stations, which are AM radio stations with certain technical parameters. ...


On Jan. 12, 2007, Robert Nutting replaced McClatchy as majority owner. Nutting is currently the sixth majority owner in Pirates history. On Jan. 18, 2007, the Pirates landed first baseman Adam LaRoche from the Atlanta Braves for closer Mike Gonzalez, plus a minor league transaction[6] giving them the left-handed power hitter they had long coveted. Robert Nutting is the Chairman of the Board and majority owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. ... David Adam LaRoche (born November 6, 1979 in Orange County, California), is a Major League Baseball player. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... Miguel Angel Gonzalez (Cordero) (September 24, 1890 - February 19, 1977) was a Cuban catcher, coach and interim manager in American Major League Baseball during the first half of the 20th century. ...


The Pirates also unveiled a new red alternate jersey to be worn during Friday home games throughout the 2007 season.

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