Pittsburgh Pirates in History

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1903-10-01 First Baseball World Series game ever played; Pittsburgh Pirates beat Boston Americans 7-3 at Huntington Avenue; Jimmy Sebring hits first home run; Deacon Phillippe is winning pitcher and Cy Young the loser

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1903-10-13 Boston Americans win the inaugural Baseball World Series; beat Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 in Game 8 at Huntington Avenue for a 5-3 series victory; winning pitcher Bill Dinneen
  • 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
  • 1910-08-13 Brooklyn Superbas and Pittsburgh Pirates play "the game of perfect symmetry" in baseball to 8-8 tie, both have 8 runs, 13 hits, 2 errors, 12 assists, 5 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit baseman, and 1 passed ball
  • 1913-07-25 Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey scores 5 runs without a hit, reaching first base on an error and 4 walks, as the Bucs beat Philadelphia Phillies, 12-2
  • 1917-08-22 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game; left fielder Carson Bigbee sets MLB record of 11 at-bats in 22 inning, 6-5 loss to Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field
  • 1918-01-02 After repeated clashes over pay with the Brooklyn Robins owner Charlie Ebbets, star right fielder and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel is traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1918-08-01 Pittsburgh and Boston Braves play a MLB record 20 scoreless innings before Pirates win, 2-0 in 21
  • 1920-10-02 Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates play first and only MLB triple header in the 20th century; Reds win the first two games, 13-4 and 7-3; Pirates avoid the sweep in the finale, 6-0
  • 1925-05-07 MBA Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop Glenn Wright makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1925-10-15 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Washington Senators, 4 games to 3 in 22nd World Series
  • 1925-12-26 NY Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates set an NHL record by recording a combined 141 shots on goal in Americans' 3-1 win; Roy Worters makes incredible 70 saves for Pittsburgh and Jake Forbes has 67 for NY
  • 1927-10-01 Pittsburgh Pirates with a team including 5 future Baseball Hall of Famers clinch NL pennant with 9-6 win v Cincinnati Reds; Pirates' last NL pennant until 1960

  • 1929-05-08 NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0
  • 1929-08-02 Philadelphia 1st baseman Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR in Phillies' 2-0 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 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
  • 1936-07-22 Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Johnny Moore hits 3 straight home runs in a 16-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1938-09-28 Homer in the Gloamin' - famous walk-off home run hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1939-06-01 First night MLB game takes place at Philadelphia's Shribe Park; Phillies lose 5-2 to Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1943-06-01 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell patents his "eephus" or "blooper ball" pitch; uses pitch on way to a 20-win campaign
  • 1945-08-20 17-year-old Dodgers utility Tommy Brown becomes youngest player to hit a MLB home run in Brooklyn's 11-1 rout of Pittsburgh Pirates at Ebbets Field
  • 1946-08-08 Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney & John Galbreath for $25 million

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1947-06-24 Future Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Jackie Robinson steals home for first of 19 times in his career as the Brooklyn Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-2

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 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 Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • 1959-08-02 Future Hall of Fame 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 MLB home runs in SF Giants 5-3 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1960-11-03 Pittsburgh Pirates starter Vern Law (20-9, 18 complete games) wins MLB's Cy Young Award
  • 1961-08-03 Pittsburgh Pirates rout the St. Louis Cardinals, 19-0, the largest lopsided shutout in NL history
  • 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 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis no-hits the Padres, 2-0 at San Diego Stadium
  • 1970-10-05 MLB Championship Series both end on the same day with same score; (AL) Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3-0; (NL) Cincinnati Reds down Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; Orioles win WS, 4-1

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1971-09-01 Pittsburgh Pirates start what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10-7 win v Philadelphia Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente & Willie Stargell

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1971-10-06 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 1
  • 1971-10-17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series
  • 1971-11-23 Danny Murtaugh, manager of MLB world champions Pittsburgh Pirates, announces his retirement
  • 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
  • 1975-01-23 Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1975-07-15 All star MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) & John Matlock (NY Mets)
  • 1975-09-01 NY Mets pitcher Tom Seaver shuts out Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; first to reach 200 strikeouts for a MLB-record 8th straight season
  • 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)
  • 1979-10-17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
  • 1982-09-06 Pittsburgh Pirates retire Willie Stargell's #8
  • 1985-10-02 A Mayor Richard Caliguiri led coalition of public and private groups committed to keeping the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates in town for at least 5 years reach agreement to buy the baseball team for $22 million
  • 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
  • 1986-10-02 New York Mets' Dwight Gooden becomes first pitcher to collect 200 strikeouts in each of his first 3 seasons when he records 7 in 8-2 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1988-01-12 Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1988-07-31 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st baseman/left fielder and 7-time All Star Willie Stargell becomes 200th man inducted in Baseball's 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
  • 1990-11-19 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Barry Bonds wins NL MVP
  • 1991-07-08 Pitts Pirate President Carl Barger becomes 1st President of Florida 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
  • 1991-12-02 Former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bobby Bonilla becomes highest paid player in MLB when he agrees to record $29 million-5 year deal with New York Mets
  • 1992-02-01 Slugging outfielder Barry Bonds signs highest single year contract in MLB history, $4.7 million with Pittsburgh Pirates

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1992-06-06 NY Mets first baseman Eddie Murray records his 1,510th run batted in during 15-1 thrashing of Pittsburgh Pirates to pass Mickey Mantle as all-time RBI leader among MLB switch-hitters

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 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

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2003-03-31 Cincinnati Reds open their new home, The Great American Ball Park, with a 10-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates; former President George H. W. Bush throws first ceremonial pitch

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 2011-06-06 MLB Draft: UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole first pick by Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 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)
  • 1872-10-03 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; .312 BA), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1960)

Person of interestHonus Wagner

1874-02-24 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), born in Chartiers Borough, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1874-10-12 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • 1884-04-01 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1952)
  • 1890-01-11 Max Carey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1925; 10 × NL stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Robins) and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1976)
  • 1903-05-27 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • 1906-01-03 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2004)
  • 1912-09-06 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Martinez, California (d. 1986)
  • 1916-07-01 Bob Prince, American sportscaster (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1985)
  • 1916-07-18 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1916-11-26 Bob Elliott, MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves), born in San Francisco (d. 1966)
  • 1917-10-08 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1920-02-20 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hoopeston, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • 1922-10-27 Ralph Kiner, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL home run leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico (d. 2014)
  • 1925-06-15 Gene Baker, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1955; World Series 1960; Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • 1927-02-06 Smokey Burgess, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Caroleen, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 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)
  • 1929-07-04 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in New Castle, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1930-08-18 Carl Barger, Lewistown Pa, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins)
  • 1931-06-01 Hal Smith, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59²; St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Barling, Arkansas (d. 2014)

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

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
  • 1946-10-14 Al Oliver, American baseball outfielder (7-time MLB All Star; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • 1946-12-15 Art Howe, American MLB baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates) and manager, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-06-09 Dave Parker, baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, NL MVP 1978)
  • 1955-03-25 Lee Mazzilli, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1979, NY Mets; World Series 1986, Pittsburgh Pirates), manager (Baltimore Orioles) and coach (World Series 2000, NY Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1955-10-25 Danny Darwin, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Bonham, Texas
  • 1956-12-13 Dale Berra, American baseball infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1957-03-01 Johnny Ray, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1988; Silver Slugger Award 1983; Pittsburgh Pirates, California Angels), born in Chouteau, Oklahoma
  • 1957-06-08 Don Robinson, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1979, Pittsburgh Pirates; Silver Slugger Award 1982, 89, 90; SF Giants), born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • 1960-12-28 Zane Smith, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1961-03-29 Mike Kingery, American baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. James, Minnesota
  • 1962-02-04 Dan Plesac, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1962-09-03 Dave Clark, American baseball outfielder, manager, coach (Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers), born in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • 1964-06-03 Nelson Liriano, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • 1964-12-26 Jeff King, American baseball infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Marion, Indiana
  • 1965-12-11 Jay Bell, American infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Eglin AFB, Florida
  • 1967-06-29 John Wehner, American MLB infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1967-10-15 Carlos García, Venezuelan baseball infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Táchira State, Venezuela
  • 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, American MLB pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Gambrills, Maryland
  • 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, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • 1970-04-02 Jon Lieber, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2001; Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • 1970-09-09 Dan Miceli, American baseball 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, Mexican pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • 1973-01-29 Jason Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 2003, 04, 06; Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants), born in Lewiston, Idaho
  • 1974-06-26 Jason Kendall, American baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in San Diego, California
  • 1974-08-15 Ramon Morel, Villa Gonzalez Dom Rep, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1977-04-19 Joe Beimel, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania
  • 1981-10-30 Ian Snell, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Dover, Delaware

Deaths in Sport

  • 1942-03-26 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 67
  • 1952-09-19 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 68
  • 1960-08-14 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; .312 BA), dies at 87
  • 1962-03-02 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), dies from bacteremia at 58

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

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

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1976-05-30 Max Carey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1925; 10 × NL stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Robins) and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 86
  • 1976-12-02 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from a stroke at 59
  • 1985-06-10 Bob Prince, American sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1986-10-03 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74
  • 1991-04-01 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 71
  • 1992-12-09 Carl Barger, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins), dies at 62
  • 1999-12-01 Gene Baker, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1955; World Series 1960; Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74
  • 2003-06-01 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 86
  • 2004-01-15 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1,435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), dies at 98
  • 2011-02-11 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82
  • 2014-02-06 Ralph Kiner, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL home run leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 91
  • 2014-04-12 Hal Smith, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59²; St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82