Pittsburgh Pirates in History

Events in Sport

  • 1902-09-03 Pittsburgh Pirates, win earliest pennent (full season)
  • 1903-10-01 1st baseball World Series, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox)
  • 1905-09-08 Pittsburgh Pirates strand NL record 18 men on base & lose to Reds 8-3
  • 1909-07-24 Bkln Dodger Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1909-10-14 Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series
  • 1909-10-16 Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series
  • 1917-08-22 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Dodgers
  • 1918-08-01 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Boston Braves, 2-0, in 21 innings
  • 1925-10-15 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Washington Senators, 4 games to 3 in 22nd World Series
  • 1929-05-08 NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0
  • 1929-12-16 Chic Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1
  • 1933-11-12 1st game at NFL Pitts Pirate's Forbes Field, lose to Bkln Dodgers 32-0
  • 1938-09-28 Homer in the Gloamin' - famous walk-off home run hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1946-08-08 Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney & John Galbreath for $25 million
  • 1950-11-06 Branch Rickey signs 5-yr contract as VP/GM of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1951-05-06 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • 1952-05-05 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base

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1957-01-10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Det Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1960-11-03 Pittsburgh Pirates' Vern Law wins Cy Young Award
  • 1964-04-17 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
  • 1968-05-22 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single
  • 1969-09-20 Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0
  • 1970-06-12 Pitts Pirate Doc Ellis no-hits San Diego Padres, 2-0
  • 1970-10-05 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds sweep Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 0
  • 1971-10-06 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 1
  • 1971-10-17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series
  • 1972-10-11 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 2
  • 1974-10-09 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 1
  • 1975-07-15 All star MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) & John Matlock (NY Mets)
  • 1975-10-07 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 0
  • 1979-07-17 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1979-10-05 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 0
  • 1979-10-17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
  • 1982-09-06 Pittsburgh Pirates retire Willie Stargell's #8
  • 1986-03-21 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million

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1986-05-30 Barry Bonds makes his MLB debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1988-01-12 Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1990-09-30 Pittsburgh Pirates wins NL East title
  • 1990-10-12 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 2
  • 1991-07-08 Pitts Pirate President Carl Barger becomes 1st President of Fla Marlins
  • 1991-10-17 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3
  • 1991-10-30 Mark Sauer becomes CEO of Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1992-09-27 Pittsburgh Pirates win their 3rd straight NL East title
  • 1992-10-14 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4 games to 3
  • 2017-04-26 Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865-02-23 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)

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1874-02-24 Honus Wagner, American baseball shortstop (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900-17), born in Chartiers, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1916-11-26 Bob Elliott, MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves), born in San Francisco (d. 1966)
  • 1917-10-08 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1922-10-27 Ralph Kiner, HR hitter (Pittsburgh Pirates)/sportscaster (NY Mets)
  • 1927-02-06 Smokey Burgess, baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1927-11-12 Jack Butler, NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1928-02-20 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1930-08-18 Carl Barger, Lewistown Pa, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins)

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1934-08-18 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1951-06-09 Dave Parker, baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, NL MVP 1978)
  • 1955-10-25 Danny Darwin, Bonham Texas, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1956-12-13 Dale Berra, baseball infeilder (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees)
  • 1960-12-28 Zane Smith, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1961-03-29 Mike Kingery, St James MN, outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1962-02-04 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1962-09-03 Dave Clark, Tupelo MS, outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1964-06-03 Nelson Liriano, Puerto Plata Dom Rep, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1964-12-26 Jeff King, Marion IN, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1965-01-01 Mark Dewey, US baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1965-05-29 Charlie Hayes, Hattisburg MS, 3rd baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees)
  • 1965-12-11 Jay Bell, Eglin AFB FL, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1966-11-02 Orlando Merced, MLB outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hato Rey Puerto Rico
  • 1967-06-29 John Wehner, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1967-10-15 Carlos Garcia, Venezuela, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1967-10-17 Mark Johnson, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1967-11-24 Al Martin, Covina CA, outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1968-09-13 Denny Neagle, Prince Georges Cnty, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1968-10-22 Keith Osik, catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Port Jefferson, New York
  • 1969-09-21 Jason Christiansen, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1970-01-14 Steve Cooke, Kanai Hawaii, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1970-04-02 Jon Lieber, Council Bluffs IA, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1970-09-09 Dan Miceli, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1970-10-21 Marc Wilkins, Mansfield OH, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1971-01-13 Elmer Dessens, Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1972-04-26 Francisco Cordova, Veracruz Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1974-06-26 Jason Kendall, catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in San Diego, California
  • 1974-08-15 Ramon Morel, Villa Gonzalez Dom Rep, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Deaths in Sport


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1972-12-31 Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1976-12-02 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
  • 1992-12-09 Carl Barger, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins), dies at 62