15 Facts About Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Pittsburgh Pirates are an American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh.

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2. The Pittsburgh Pirates compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division.

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3. That year, the Pittsburgh Pirates moved from Exposition Park to one of the first steel and concrete ballparks, Forbes Field.

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4. That season, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the seventh MLB team to reach 10,000 all-time wins.

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5. The park hosted the first modern World Series ever played in 1903 but by the end of the decade the wooden structure was too small for the Pittsburgh Pirates' growing fanbase.

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6. Pittsburgh Pirates moved into the multipurpose Three Rivers Stadium in 1970, which they shared with the Steelers.

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7. Three Rivers ended up being much better suited for the former than the latter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates struggled to draw fans despite their on-field success in the 1970s.

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8. The team's name was first acknowledged in 1912, with a pinstripe jersey that had "Pittsburgh Pirates" running vertically down the placket.

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9. In 2009, the Pittsburgh Pirates began wearing an alternate black jersey with a gold "P" at both home and on the road.

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10. From 2013 to 2015, the Pittsburgh Pirates battled with the St Louis Cardinals for the Central Division title, with the Cardinals narrowly winning the division each year.

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11. On September 21, 1963, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the first MLB team to have an African-American manager in Gene Baker, as he filled in for Danny Murtaugh.

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12. Each year, the Pittsburgh Pirates recognize six "Community Champions" during a special pregame ceremony.

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13. Except for a few years on WWSW in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Pittsburgh Pirates were on KDKA for 61 years.

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14. In 2007, the Pittsburgh Pirates chose to end the longest relationship between a team and a radio station in American professional sports and moved to FM talk radio station WPGB.

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15. Pittsburgh Pirates called the Pirates' championships in 1960 and 1971 as part of the national broadcast for NBC.

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