The Pittsburgh Pirates are iconic Major League Baseball franchise that is rich in history. The organization began playing in the National League during the 1887 season and are currently members of the league’s Central Division. Over the course of their existence, they have won nine NL Pennants and five World Series titles. The team played in the first-ever World Series in 1903, facing off against the Boston Americans, losing the series five games to three.
Hall of Fame player/manager Fred Clarke led the Pirates from 1900 to 1915, leading the team to four National League Championships. The team played in the first-ever World Series, but they would not win their first title until 1909 when they defeated the Detroit Tigers in seven games. Honus Wager the team’s shortstop and a future Hall of Famer played a key role in their success that season, winning one of his eight Batting Titles that year. The franchise returned to the World Series in 1925 when they beat the Washington Senators in seven games. In 1927 they made another World Series appearance but were swept by the New York Yankees who had one of the best lineups in MLB history with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in it. That season Paul Waner won the National League MVP Award after leading the NL in batting average, hits, RBI’s, total bases, and runs scored. The organization did not return to the World Series until 1960 but from 1946-1953 Ralph Kiner played for the team and was one of the league’s top players. Kiner led the NL in home runs in seven consecutive seasons and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. At the 1960 World Series, the Pirates beat the Yankees in one of the most memorable series of all-time, winning with a walk-off home run in Game 7 by Bill Mazeroski. During the 1970s the organization was nicknamed “The Family” with legends on their roster including Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell. From 1970-1979, they advanced to the NLCS six times, winning the World Series in 1971 and 1979. Barry Bonds led the franchise from 1986-1992, winning three divisional titles before losing in the NLCS in 1990, 1991, and 1992. During the 1990s and the 2000s, the organization struggled greatly, not having a winning season from 1993-2012. Under Manager Clint Hurdle they qualified from the playoffs from 2013-2015 with All-Stars Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, and Gerrit Cole on the roster. It is now a new era in Pirates history as Hurdle looks to bring the glory days of old back to the organization.
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