The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of a handful of present-day National League teams with deep ties to Major League Baseball. The franchise joined the NL in 1887 and as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys but has been known as the Pirates since 1912. The Pirates are one of just a few clubs with such a long history in a single city; although the team has moved stadiums several times, it has always called Pittsburgh home.
The Pirates moved into PNC Park in 2001 and the park has often made news as one of the best facilities in baseball. Previously, the team had spent three decades at Three Rivers Stadium and more than a half century at Forbes Field. Located adjacent to the Allegheny River, the park's notable features include a sensational view of downtown Pittsburgh, the small capacity at 38,362 and concession stands selling a variety of Pittsburgh favorites, including Primanti Brothers sandwiches.
World Series Championships
Although it's been several decades since the Pirates could consider themselves the best team in baseball, the team has five World Series titles to its name. The Bucs, as they're often known, clinched the World Series in 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971 and 1979. Other successes in the club's past include nine National League Pennants and nine division titles. The Pirates dominated news headlines in 2013, making the postseason and ending a streak of 20 straight losing seasons.
Pittsburgh Pirates Roster
Members of the Pirates all-time roster who are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame include Jack Beckley, Max Carey, Fred Clarke, Roberto Clemente, Barney Dreyfuss, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Stargell, Pie Traynor, Arky Vaughan, Honus Wagner, Lloyd Waner and Paul Waner. Other notable Pirates stars include Barry Bonds, Andrew McCutchen, Freddy Sanchez, Bobby Bonilla and Andy Van Slyke.
The Pirates Spring Training ballpark is McKechnie Field in Bradenton, FL. The park, which opened in 1923 and is one of the most notable Spring Training facilities, seats 8,500 fans. It's named after former Pirate great Bill McKechnie and has been used as the Spring Training facility for a number of MLB clubs over the years. The Pirates Minor League Baseball affiliates are the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, Double-A Altoona Curve, Advanced-A Bradenton Marauders, Class-A West Virginia Power, Short-Season A Jamestown Jammers and rookie league Bristol Pirates, Gulf Coast League Pirates and Dominican Summer League Pirates.
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