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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pittsburgh Pirates Franchise History - A Fan's Essentials


Fall 2022: To purchase a reasonably priced 8" x 24" plaqued mounted version of the Pirates poster that's ready to hang on your wall, please visit Heritage Sports Stuff.

1. Pittsburgh Pirates – The Team Name 
This National League franchise was established in 1887. 
The team has been known by only two names: 
Pittsburgh Alleghenys 1887-1890 
Pittsburgh Pirates 1891-Present 

2. Pittsburgh Pirates – The Championship Record 
Five World Series Championships: 
1909 defeated Detroit Tigers 4 games to 3 
1925 defeated Washington Nationals 4 games to 3 
1960 defeated NY Yankees 4 games to 3 
1971 defeated Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 3 
1979 defeated Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 3 

Nine National League Pennants: 
1901 90 wins - 49 losses 
1902 103 wins - 36 losses 
1903 91 wins - 49 losses 
1909 110 wins - 42 losses 
1925 95 wins - 58 losses 
1927 94 wins - 60 losses 
1960 95 wins - 59 losses 
1971 97 wins - 65 losses 
1979 98 wins - 64 losses 

3. Pittsburgh Pirates – Home Stadium History 
1. Recreation Park, Pittsburgh 1887-90 
2. Exposition Park, Pittsburgh 1891-1909 
3. Forbes Field, Pittsburgh 1909-1970 
4. Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh 1971-2000 
5. PNC Park, Pittsburgh 2001-Present 

4. For more information on the Pirates, you should bookmark these two great websites: 
For a huge amount of great historic information: For great information about the team's ballparks: 

5. Celebrate the Pirates' uniform history by owning a piece of history: 
If you love the Pittsburgh Pirates and the history of the Pirates franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic uniforms as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 16 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 16 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out. 

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). 

Ech piece can be bought one of three ways: 
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left) 
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version) 
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)  

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Pittsburgh Pirates YouTube video at or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork. 

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel 

And please search my blog archive for other blogs on the history of the Pirates. 


This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 15, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at ! 

Many thanks!!! 

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