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Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates
Major league affiliations
National League (1887 - present)
East Division (1969 1993) **Central Division (1994 - present)
Retired numbers1, 4, 8, 9, 11, 20, 21, 33, 40, 42
ColorsBlack, gold, white      
Pittsburgh Pirates (1912 - present)
Pittsburg Pirates (1891-1911) *Pittsburg Innocents (1890) *Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1887 1889) *Allegheny (1882 1886)
Other nicknamesThe Bucs, The Buccos
PNC Park (2001 - present)
Three Rivers Stadium (1970 2000) *Forbes Field (1909 1970) *Exposition Park (II) (1891 1909) *Recreation Park (1884 1890) *Exposition Park (I) (1882 1883)
Major league titles
World Series titles1979197119601925
1909 ((5))
NL Pennants1979 • 1971 • 1960 • 1927
1925 • 1909 • 1903 • 1902
1901 ((9))
Central Division titlesNone ((0))
East Division titles (9)1992 • 1991 • 1990 • 1979
1975 • 1974 • 1972 • 1971
Wild card berthsNone ((0))
OwnerRobert Nutting, others
ManagerClint Hurdle

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions. The Pirates are also often referred to as the "Bucs" or sometimes the "Buccos" (derived from buccaneer, a synonym for pirate).

The franchise joined the National League in its sixth season in 1887 and was competitive from its early years, winning three National League titles from 1901 to 1903, playing in the very first World Series in 1903 and winning their first World Series in 1909 behind Honus Wagner. The Pirates have had many ups and downs during their long history, most famously winning the 1960 World Series on a walk-off home run by Bill Mazeroski, the only time that Game 7 of the World Series has ever ended with a home run. They also won the 1971 World Series behind Roberto Clemente and the 1979 World Series under the slogan "We Are Family", led by "Pops" Willie Stargell. Overall the Pirates have won five World Series and lost two. The five that the Pirates won were all seven-game Series. After a run of regular-season success in the early 1990s (making the NLCS 3 straight years), the Pirates have struggled more recently, with 19 consecutive losing seasons to date, the longest in North American professional sports.

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