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Revisiting Roberto Clemente's best moments

December 31, 2021

Roberto Clemente made his Major League debut on April 17, 1955, batting third and playing right field for the Pirates in the first game of a doubleheader against the Dodgers. In his first at-bat, the 20-year-old Clemente legged out an infield single on a ball to Brooklyn shortstop Pee Wee

Looking at baseball's winningest seasons

1906 Cubs, 2001 Mariners top list with 116-win campaigns
December 17, 2021

With 116 victories in 2001, the Mariners tied the record for the most wins in a 162-game season, set more than a hundred years earlier, by the 1906 Cubs. But since Chicago accomplished its feat in a shorter season, that club still boasts the best winning percentage of all time

10 biggest trades in Pirates history

December 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates' long history of trades runs the gamut from amazing to appalling, from deals that set up World Series champions to swaps that set them back for several seasons. No matter the immediate reaction, most trades wind up falling somewhere in the middle. But everyone remembers the

Here's the Bucs' all-time single-season team

December 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- What would the Pirates’ dream lineup look like? You’re probably thinking about an infield of Willie Stargell, Bill Mazeroski, Honus Wagner and Pie Traynor playing in front of an outfield of Ralph Kiner, Max Carey and Roberto Clemente. If you’ve got room for a designated hitter, maybe you

Pirates’ top players with a case for the Hall

December 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates’ greatest players have a place in Cooperstown. Honus Wagner was part of the Hall of Fame’s first class. The Hall waived its mandatory five-year waiting period to elect Roberto Clemente in 1973, less than a year after his tragic death. Willie Stargell, Paul Waner, Arky Vaughan,

Bucs position players with the best seasons

December 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- Whether you prefer the early 1900s greatness of Honus Wagner, the early ‘90s dominance of Barry Bonds, the graceful excellence of Roberto Clemente or the powerful presences of Ralph Kiner and Willie Stargell, there’s no doubt that the Pirates have had some historically great position players take the

Best Pirates of all time, by uniform number

December 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- For some players, names and numbers are interchangeable in conversation. You can’t see “21” in Pittsburgh’s black and gold without thinking of Roberto Clemente. No. 8? That’s Willie Stargell. Bill Mazeroski is No. 9, and there will never be another in Pittsburgh. But what about all the other

Pirates all-time retired numbers

December 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have retired the numbers of seven of their players, all Hall of Famers. The standard is high to be immortalized by the Pirates, but the long history of black-and-gold baseball features some of the game's all-time greats. Stroll around the perimeter of beautiful PNC Park, and

How the Pittsburgh Pirates got their name

December 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH – What’s in a team nickname? For some sports franchises, the origin is obvious and needs no explaining. “Phillies” is short for “Philadelphians,” an easily understood name for the baseball team on the other side of Pennsylvania. Other names, like the Pittsburgh Penguins, were the result of a selection

10 players you forgot were once Pirates

December 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- For the most part, the most famous players to wear a Pirates uniform are known for their time in Pittsburgh. When you think about Roberto Clemente or Willie Stargell or Bill Mazeroski or Honus Wagner, you identify them as Pirates. Dave Parker, Barry Bonds and Andrew McCutchen played

The best Pirates pitching season of every era

December 1, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- There are no pitchers in the Hall of Fame wearing a Pirates cap, and Pittsburgh has only featured two National League Cy Young Award winners: Vern Law in 1960 and Doug Drabek in 1990. But that doesn’t mean the club's history is devoid of quality pitchers who have

The top Bucs Draft pick from every season

July 14, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates had the No. 1 pick in the 2021 Draft, a spot which netted them a great Major Leaguer 10 years ago. How have they fared with their first selection in past Drafts? Here is a list of the Pirates’ top pick in each year’s Draft (only

Best Opening Day moments in Pirates history

March 31, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- Opening Day is one of the most special days of the year, and it has helped create some special moments. With a long history, the Pirates have had their fair share of Opening Day memories, even though more have come on the road than at home. Here is

The 5 best seasons in Pirates history

February 22, 2021

With nearly a century and a half of Major League history, the Pirates are not lacking in incredible seasons. Some were defined by their postseason result, some by their regular-season body of work and some by both. One was defined by a crushing streak it broke. Many of them were

Ranking Bucs' best homegrown Draft talent

February 15, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have a lot to look forward to this July, as they hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. But a first-round talent is not a certainty to be an impact player. It could be someone taken in the double-digit rounds that ends

Pirates have long history with LECOM Park

February 12, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- As is tradition, the Pirates shipped out their equipment truck to LECOM Park for Spring Training this week. But this tradition goes a little bit further back than for other teams. What is today called LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla., has existed for 98 years, wearing many names

The history of the Pittsburgh Pierogy Race

February 5, 2021

In the midst of a 20-year streak of losing seasons, the Pirates found a durable winner. The year is 1999, and it’s the seventh year in the two-decade period of struggles. The scoreboard at Three Rivers Stadium was often in the visiting team’s favor. But for a couple of minutes,

The Top 5 debut seasons in Pirates history

February 1, 2021

From long-ago legends to more recent stars, who enjoyed the best individual debut seasons in Pirates history? Here’s a look at five of the best -- three by position players, one starting pitcher and one relief pitcher -- plus a bunch more for further consideration. For these rankings, we tried

Top 10 unforgettable moments at PNC Park

January 25, 2021

Pittsburgh’s PNC Park is a jewel on the north shore of the Allegheny River, widely regarded as one of the finest ballparks in America. You can appreciate the scenery, structure and attention to detail without anything taking place on the field -- just sit behind home plate and marvel at

Here are 17 times the Pirates were the first

January 21, 2021

It’s often said that one of the great things about baseball is that you can show up to the ballpark every day and witness something you’d never seen. Each game presents an opportunity for something new. Throughout their long history, the Pirates have been able to claim more than their

Here are the Bucs' best regular-season starts

January 18, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- It’s been more than two decades since the Pirates’ last no-hitter, and they’re still waiting on their first official perfect game. But their long history contains some of the most unique, unforgettable pitching performances that baseball has ever seen. There’s Harvey Haddix and his nearly perfect game. There

Did you know? Fun facts about PNC Park

January 16, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- There are plenty of things you probably already know about PNC Park. For starters, it’s always in the conversation -- if not leading the conversation -- when you talk about the best ballparks in America. It is a beauty, located in the North Shore neighborhood with a perfectly

The Bucs' best 1-game hitting performances

January 11, 2021

PITTSBURGH – Many of the best offensive performances in Pirates history belong to exactly the players you’d expect to dominate a game at the plate. Willie Stargell. Roberto Clemente. Ralph Kiner. Andrew McCutchen. Superstars are capable of greatness over an extended period of time, yes, and sometimes they just make

Why Pittsburgh's teams wear black and gold

January 8, 2021

PITTSBURGH -- When you think of Pittsburgh’s sports teams, two phrases might come to mind: “City of Champions” and “black and gold.” The Steelers, Penguins and Pirates all proudly wear black and gold in Pittsburgh, the only city in the United States in which all the major professional teams share

Bill Mazeroski's top 10 career moments

December 14, 2020

Bill Mazeroski was different from every ballplayer who ever existed, and not just because of the gob of chewing tobacco that distended his cheek and appeared to be lodged there. All would-be Major Leaguers dream of homering in the ninth inning of Game 7 to win the World Series. Mazeroski