Best Pittsburgh Pirate Players of All Time

Best Pittsburgh Pirate Players of All Time

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been in existence for well over 100 years, and since the franchise’s founding in 1882 there have been numerous great players that have even won World Series titles for the team.  Unfortunately many of them played their careers a long time ago, but many should still remember their names.  As a form of reference, for this specific list only offensive players were chosen; because there are so many players that could be included in this article only 4 were chosen as well.  Without further ado here are the best Pittsburgh players of all time.

Honus Wagner
Honus Wagner is considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, shortstop of all time.  Wagner played for the Pirates from 1900-1917, winning a World Series title for the team in 1909 (against Ty Cobb of all people).  He was most known for his hitting, with a career average of .327 and well over 3,000 hits.

Roberto Clemente
Roberto Clemente was one of the most respected Pirates in the team’s history, especially for his humanitarian roles that eventually led to his death in an aviation accident in 1972.  A winner of 12 Gold Glove Awards, Clemente played for the Pirates from 1955 to 1972 and is considered as one of the best right fielders of all time.  His offensive ability set him apart from many, and his career average of .317 and 3,000 hits put him in a very select club of hitters.  One could only imagine how much more he could have done as a Pirate was it not for the 1972 accident.

Paul Waner
Waner was one of the Pirate’s best right fielders, and a heated argument to this day still rages on as to whether Waner or Clemente were the best at their position.  Waner played for the Pirates from 1926 to 1940, and had a career batting average of .333 with over 3,000 hits.  What is even more remarkable about Waner’s feat was that he was nearsighted while playing and couldn’t see the baseball all too well.  Waner was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1952.

Willie Stargell
Lastly, one cannot forget about the late Willie Stargell.  Stargell played for the Pirates from 1962 to 1982 and won two World Series titles with the team in 1971 and 1979.  He finished his career as a .282 hitter with nearly 500 home runs, at 475.  He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1988 and his statue reminds visitors at PNC Park of what this great hitter did for the ballclub.


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