Founded under the name Pittsburgh Alleghenys, the Pittsburgh Pirates are among the oldest teams in Major League Baseball (MLB).
The franchise has a long history. Founded in 1881 as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, it changed names ten years later. In 1891, the Alleghenys cleverly poached then-star player Lou Bierbauer from the Philadelphia Athletics. The Athletics accused them of pirate-like behavior. It was welcome fodder for the media. They adopted the Pirates name. Fans liked that, too. The new name became so popular that it became the official team name. It has also been on the jerseys since 1912.
First World Series victory
In 1901, the MLB came into existence. The Pittsburgh Pirates were included as a founding member. Just two years later, they made MLB history. In 1903, the first World Series was held. The Pirates were there with a team around team legend Honus Wagner. However, they had to accept defeat. In a closely contested series, they were outclassed by what is now the Boston Red Sox. Six years later, the team got another chance. With their star player Honus Wagner, they met the Detroit Tigers around their top player Ty Cobb. It came to the duel of two players, who then as well as today belong to the absolute elite of the baseball sport. In a high-class and exciting World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates prevailed 4-3 and won their first World Series. The Pirates won all the odd games and the Tigers all the even games. An event that would remain unique until 1997. After the title, the Pirates brought the World Series to Pittsburgh a total of four more times (1925, 1960, 1971, 1979) in five final appearances. In the 1960 and 1971 titles, they were able to count on the support of Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Since 1979, however, the Bucs, as their fans call them, have been waiting for another World Series appearance. The dry spell is certainly also owed to lower financial possibilities.
The Pittsburgh Pirates shared a stadium with the NFL team Pittsburgh Steelers for several decades. In 2001, they would get their own venue. After nearly two years of construction, PNC Park opened on March 31, 2001. It holds 38,000 spectators and is located near the Allegheny River in Pittburgh's North Shore neighborhood. Many fans describe the venue as one of the most beautiful in the Major Leagues. The view from the stands of the Pittsburgh skyline, the Allegheny River and the Roberto Clemente Bridge, which is painted in yellow team colors, is certainly impressive. Near the ball park, on the one hand, is a statue of team legend Honus Wagner. In addition, the well-known yellow gothic P is clearly visible. It is the official primary logo and is worn by the players on their caps. The Pirates name has given rise to many logos featuring pirates. These are especially popular among fans. A team that has been waiting for great successes for a long time must look to its own young talent. This is because there are neither sporting successes nor financial resources to attract great players. This is also true for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Their minor league teams, the Indianapolis Indians, Altoona Curve, Greensboro Grasshoppers and Bradenton Marauders are working closely with them to get young talent into MLB.