Best Pittsburgh Pirates Team of All Time

Best Pittsburgh Pirates Team of All Time

The Pittsburgh Pirates were established in 1882 and were one of the first teams to join the National League in 1887.  Since that time the team has won a total of 5 World Series Titles, led by famous players such as Roberto Clemente and Ralph Kiner.  While there were many great Pittsburgh Pirate teams throughout the franchise’s 129 year existence, there are two that are especially worth noting.

1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates won the franchise’s first World Series.  The 1909 World Series was one of the most memorable of its era as well, in which Honus Wagner of the Pirates faced off against Ty Cobb.  Wagner is considered by most baseball historians (and players) to be the greatest shortstop of all time, with a .327 career batting average and 3,415 hits to his credit.  However, both would be overshadowed by the pitching performance of rookie Babe Adams for the Pirates, who pitched three complete game six-hitters to lead the Pirates to a seven game win over the Tigers for the World Series title.

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
Going into the 1960 World Series the Pittsburgh Pirates were seen as having now chance against the New York Yankees, with such greats as Roger Maris, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, and Whitey Ford leading their powerful offense and pitching rotation.  The Pirates had a couple of stars of their own at the time with Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski hitting for the team.  Clemente was considered by many to be one of the best right fielders of all time, with a career batting average of .317 and 3,000 hits; Mazeroski on the other hand was considered as one of the best fielding second basemen of all time and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.  Even though the Yankees outscored the Pirates by an astounding margin of 55 runs to 27, including three games where the Pirates lost by at least 10 runs, they were able to pull it out in game 7 with the majestic home run by Bill Mazeroski in the ninth inning.  It still stands as the only home run hit to win a World Series in a game 7 (Joe Carter did it in game 6).


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