Pittsburgh Pirates

This is the current Pirates logo. There have been 8 different logos used by the team since its first season in 1887.

Team History

Professional baseball in Pittsburgh dates back to 1876. The Pittsburgh Alleghenies, played the first ever professional game in the city in April of 1876. The team disbanded and returned in 1882. In 1887 the Alleghenies were returned to Pittsburgh as a part of the National League and were renamed the Pirates in 1890 (after taking, or "pirating" a player from the Philadelphia Phillies of the American League.

Over the years, the Pirates have played home games at three different places.

Forbes Field (closed in 1970)

One of the biggest playing fields of ever                    
Seated up to 41,000 people
Opening day tickets cost $1.25
Currently surrounded by the University of Pittsburgh campus
Also was the home to the Pitt Panthers football team

Three Rivers Stadium
(closed in 2000)

Home to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers from 1971 to 2000
Seated up to 59,000 people
Astroturf playing surface

PNC Park (opened in 2001)

PNC Financial Services paid $30 million for the naming rights to the stadium
Built alongside Heinz Field (Steelers) on the location of Three Rivers Stadium
39,000 seating capacity (one of the smallest in the MLB)

Famous Pirates

Honus Wagner

Willie Stargell

Bill Mazeroksi

Roberto Clemente

Team Success

Division Titles - 9 (last in 1979)
World Series Titles - 5 (1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, 1979)