Pittsburgh Pirates Information
The first time the name Pittsburgh Pirates was acknowledged on the team's jerseys was in 1912, but the name had been around long before. With the help of Honus Wagner (considered by many to be the best shortstop to ever play the game) the Pirates went to their first World Series in 1903, ultimately losing to the Boston Red Sox.
The team won its first World Series title in 1909, only to begin a streak of no success that culminated in a horrible 51-win 1918 season. With the combination of veteran outfielder Max Carey and youngsters like Pie Traynor and Kiki Cuyler, the Pirates won the 1925 World Series and made it once again to the Fall Classic in 1927. It was not until 1960 that the Pirates once again put together a good team. The team featured eight All-Stars, and won the World Series that year in dramatic fashion against the New York Yankees.
The 1960's were highlighted by the emergence of outstanding hitter and right fielder Roberto Clemente and the great defensive second basemen Bill Mazeroski. In 1971, with the help of Roberto Clemente, Steve Blass Willie Stargell and the new atmosphere of Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates once again captured a World Series title. Sadly, Roberto Clemente died in a tragic plane crash in 1972; he was inducted into the Hall of Fame almost immediately to recognize his contributions to the game. The 1980's marked a period of decline by the Pittsburgh Pirates until they were eventually regarded as the worst team in baseball.
The Pirates bounced back to win division titles from 1990-1992, but failed to advance to the World Series each year. In 2001 the Pirates opened a new stadium, PNC Park, which is currently recognized as one of the best baseball parks to play in.
After trading Jason Bay to the Red Sox in 2008 the Pirates received Andy LaRoche, Bryan Morris, Brandon Moss, and Craig Hanson. The Dodgers were also involved in this deal as they received Manny Ramirez from the Sox. With the new mix of players in place the '09 Pirates only came up with 62 wins.
In 2010, the Pirates placed last in the division again with a 57-105 record. They got off to a better start in 2011 and placed fourth with a much improved 72-90 record. As the young roster continues to develop, the organization hopes to pose a threat in the competitive NL Central and continue to improve in the next few years.