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The Pittsburgh Pirates, also known as the Bucs were established in 1882 and joined the National League (NL) in 1887. They made an early impression when they won three back to back NL titles, from 1901 to 1903. The Bucs also have the distinction of playing in the inaugural World Series in 1903.
The Pirates won their first World Series in 1909 and since then have gone on to win four more World Series titles. Recently, the Pirates have consistently made the playoffs in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 MLB seasons. They however failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2016, but with two of the best players in the league, namely Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, the Pirates can pull off another great season.
The four-time World Series Champions will look to build off of their recent success and contend for an NL Central crown and beyond. Pittsburgh's dynamic combination of hitting and pitching has them poised to compete with the St.Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs for a division title.
Grab your 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates tickets and head down to PNC Park to lead your team on its championship hunt.
Unforgettable Moments from the Pirates’ History –
Being one of the oldest teams in the league, the Bucs have been part of some of the most historic moments in professional baseball history.
The Strange World Series – The 1960 World Series was played from October 5 to 13, 1960, between the Bucs and the New York Yankees. The last game of the series is still talked about to this day. Game 7, which was played on Forbes Field, became famous for Bill Mazeroski’s game-winning walk-off home run. The only time Game 7 of the World Series ended with a home run.
While Mazeroski’s homer was historical, the World Series was strange in two other aspects – Yankees, the losing team, scored more than twice as many runs as the Bucs. And Bobby Richardson, a Yankee, was named the series MVP, the only time in history that that award went to a member of the losing team.
We Are Family – The 1979 World Series was played between the Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates won the Series 4-3 and became only the 4th team in World Series history to come back from three games to one deficit to win the Series in seven games. Led by Pops Willie Stargell, the Bucs played under Sister Sledge’s anthem, We Are Family.
The Bucs’ Rivalries –
Pirates-Phillies – This rivalry is still considered to be the best in the National League. Dating back to 1887, The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies represent the baseball pride and ego of the Eastern and Western Pennsylvania.
Intra-Divisional Rivalries – The intensity of these rivalries depends upon a team’s competitiveness in a given season. Nevertheless, these rivalries have produced some of the greatest moments in baseball history such as Homer in the Gloamin’ and The Sausage incident.
The Greatest Pirates Ever –
Pittsburgh, for over a century, has been the home to some of the greatest Pirates in MLB history.
Willie Stargell – He played all 21 seasons with the Pirates. A baseball icon, Stargell, blasted 475 home runs and drove in 1,540 runs while batting .282 for Pittsburgh. He was also a seven-time All-Star.
Bill Mazeroski – A baseball prodigy, Mazeroski made his professional debut at the age of 19. In 2,163 career games, Mazeroski batted .260 with 2,016 hits. He was also a seven-time All-Star.
Honus Wagner – Wagner is one of the most well-known players in baseball history. From 1897 to 1917, he collected 3,420 hits while driving in 1,733 runs for the Pirates. Wagner was a career .328 hitter.
Pittsburgh Pirates Live Games –
The Pittsburgh Pirates play their home games at the PNC Park. The ballpark was built in line with classic stadiums. PNC Park is made with the use of limestone.
Pirates tickets get you an insiders look at one of the most picturesque stadiums in baseball. There may be no greater sight than PNC Park's backdrop featuring the Alleghany River and the skyline of Pittsburgh. This 38,000 seat arena features a field level restaurant "Hall of Fame Club" that also offers live-concerts after Pirates' games.
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