The “Pittsburgh Pirates” is a professional American baseball team situated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team is part of the Central Division, which plays in the National League (NL) of the Major League Baseball (MLB Tickets). The Pirates play their home games at the PNC Park, prior to this, the team used to play at the Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium.
Under the ownership and management of Horace Phillips, the team was officially established on October 15, 1881 in the city of the Alleghenys located across the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh. The team was first named as the “Allegheny” and was sometimes called as the Alleghenys.
At that time, the Allegheny was the strongest team to join in the American Association. After five middling seasons in the American Association, the team renamed itself as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys after it became the first American Association team to swap with the older National League in the year 1887.
On the later run, the team renamed itself as the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pirates are often derived to the “Bucs” and or “Buccos” (a synonym for the word Pirate). The early years of the team were successful and progressive, in fact, the Pittsburgh Pirates won three National League (NL) titles from the year 1901 to 1903.
The Pirates appeared on their first Major League Baseball (MLB) World Series in the year 1903 and won their first World Series in the year 1909. In the long history of Pittsburgh Pirates, the team went through several ups and downs in their MBL career. The team first came into extensive popularity after they won the 1960 World Series championship against the New York Yankees, by which the winning home run was served by Bill Mazeroski.
The team’s run of success on the baseball field was quiet dogged during their early 1990s. However, the Pirates underwent a lot of struggles over the next 20 years with 20 consecutive losing seasons. At that time, the losing records of Pittsburgh Pirates were the longest streak in the history of North American professional sports.
In their history of playing in the MLB, the team’s most notable rival was the Philadephia Phillies. The rivalry in between the teams was said to be one of the best rivalries in the National League (NL). It started at the time when the Pittsburgh Pirates joined the National League (NL) dated back in the year 1887.
The rivalry between the two teams stayed after the league decided to split into two divisions in 1969. It was a period of two-division National League play, by which both teams acquired the highest numbers of division championships.
Aside from mainly focusing on the MBL, the team is also up for community activities. Every year, the Pittsburgh Pirates recognize six “Community Champions” in a special pre-game ceremony known as the “Piratefest”. The Piratefest is handled personally by the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball club every January. The event is a baseball carnival that can be attended by the whole family or a circle of friends. Also, the event features some autograph signings from the former and recent players of the team, games, live events, carnival booths, baseball clinics and dart throwing.