Pittsburgh Pirates is an American professional baseball team that is based on the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League Central Division. Also, they are often referred to as the “Buccos” and “Bucs.”
The franchise joined NL in 1887 in its eighth season, and winning three NL titles from 1901 to 1903, became competitive from its early years. With many ups and downs, Pirates became more famous after winning the 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees on a game-winning walk-off home run. Also, led by the talent of Roberto Clemente, they won the 1971 World Series, and the 1979 World Series.
Gaining the regular success in the early 1990s, the Pirates had to struggle mightily over the following 20 years, with 20 consecutive lost from 1993 to 2012 sessions. However, in 2013, they posted a winning record of 94-68 for the NL Wild Card but lost in 5 games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Again in 2014 and 2015, Pirates made the playoffs, losing the Wild Card Game both the times. Currently, Pirates has the longest World Series appearance drought in MLB among any team. The Pirates have an overall record of 10476 to 10312 from 1882-2018.
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Pittsburgh area from professional baseball began in 1876 with the organization of the Allegheny Base Ball Club. The team in 1877 joined the minor league International Association. The team was listed as “Allegheny” in the standings, after Denny McKnight held a meeting at Pittsburgh St. Claire Hotel on October 15, 1881. Pittsburgh became the first A.A. team to switch to the older National League in 1887, after five mediocre seasons in the A.A.
Before the season of 1890, many players of Allegheny’s best players bolted to the Players’ League’s Pittsburgh Burghers. The players were allowed to go back to their old clubs after the Players’ League collapsed. Also, the Alleghenys scooped highly regarded second baseman Lou Bierbauer, which was protested by the Athletics. Though they were not found guilty, they did the sport of being denounced for being ‘piratical’ renaming them.
The Pirates in the early 1990s were a strong team. They had won National League Pennants from 1901 to 1903 and took their first World Series title in 1999. Again in 1925 and 1927, they won the NL, and in 1925 the World Series. They returned to dominance and won the 1960 World Series, and also 1971 and 1979 World Series. Moreover, they won the title of the Eastern Division from 1990 to 1992, but never returned to the post-season after that until 2013.
The Pirates became the 7th MLB team to reach 10,000 all-time wins in 2013. Besides, they lost to the Cincinnati Reds on an Opening Day in 2015, making the Pirated the fourth MLB team to achieve the distinction, following the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies. Their victory over the Colorado Rockies marked the team 10,000th win as a member of the NL on September 24, 2015.