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The new owners also signed up several players from American Association teams. One of them was highly regarded second baseman Lou Bierbauer, who had previously played with the A.A.'s Philadelphia Athletics. The Athletics failed to include him on their reserve list, and the Alleghenys picked him up. This led to loud protests by the Athletics, and in an official complaint, an AA official claimed the Alleghenys' actions were "piratical." Similarly, the Philadelphia papers complained that the deal was "an act of piracy on the high seas". This incident which is discussed at some length in The Beer and Whisky League, by David Nemec, 1994 quickly accelerated into a schism between the leagues that contributed to the demise of the A.A. Although the Alleghenys were never found guilty of wrongdoing, they made sport of being denounced for being "piratical" by renaming themselves "the Pirates" for the 1891 season. The nickname was first acknowledged on the team's uniforms in 1912.

Three Rivers Stadium

Ground was broken in April 1968 and an oft behind-schedule construction plan lasted for 29 months. The stadium opened on July 16, 1970 when the Pirates played their first game. In the 1971 World Series, Three Rivers Stadium hosted the first World Series game played at night. The following year the stadium was the site of the Immaculate Reception. The final game in the stadium was won by the Steelers on December 16, 2000. Three Rivers Stadium also hosted the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football team for a single season each.

World Series Winners - 5 World Series Wins

World Series - 1979
The 1979 World Series matched the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates (98–64) against the American League's Baltimore Orioles (102–57), with the Pirates coming back from a three games to one deficit to win the Series in seven games. The Pirates were famous for adopting Sister Sledge's hit anthem "We Are Family" as their theme song.

World Series - 1971
The 1971 World Series matched the defending champion Baltimore Orioles against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Pirates winning in seven games. Game 4, played in Pittsburgh, was the first-ever World Series game scheduled to be played at night. The two teams proved to be evenly matched, as the Series went the full seven games, with the Pirates' Steve Blass pitching a complete game four-hitter in winning Game 7, 2–1, against Mike Cuellar and the Orioles. The Pirates' Roberto Clemente, who turned into a one-man gang in the Series, became the first Spanish-speaking ballplayer to earn World Series MVP honors. Clemente hit safely in all seven games of the Series, duplicating a feat he had performed in 1960.

World Series - 1960
The 1960 World Series was played between the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League (NL) and the New York Yankees of the American League (AL) from October 5 to 13, 1960. It is most notable for the Game 7, ninth-inning home run hit by Bill Mazeroski, winning the game for the Pirates 10–9, and also winning them their third World Championship overall and first since 1925.

World Series - 1925
In the 1925 World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the defending champion Washington Senators in seven games.

World Series - 1909
The 1909 World Series featured the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers. The Pirates won the Series in seven games to capture their first championship of the modern Major League Baseball era and the second championship in the club's history.

PNC Park Opens

The Pirates opened a new stadium, PNC Park, in 2001. Due to its simple, unpretentious concept and strategic usage of the remarkably beautiful Pittsburgh skyline, it is frequently regarded as in a recent ESPN article as currently the best park in baseball. Despite this, the Pirates' performance has translated to subpar attendance figures. Through the end of the 2012 season, the Pirates had failed to compile at least a .500 winning percentage in 20 straight seasons. This streak is the longest in any of the country's four major professional sports leagues.

Robert Nutting

Robert Nutting became the sixth principal owner in Pirates history on January 12, 2007. He has served as Chairman of the Board and represented his family’s interest in the club since 2002.

The 2007 season was a year of transition for the Pirates. Robert Nutting replaced McClatchy as majority owner, becoming the sixth majority owner in Pirates history. On July 6, 2007, Kevin McClatchy announced he was stepping down as the Pirates CEO at the end of the 2007 season.

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Pirates - After the Players League collapsed in 1890, the National League's Pittsburgh club signed two players, including Lou Bierbauer, whom the Philadelphia Athletics had forgotten to place on their reserve list. A Philadelphia sportswriter claimed that Pittsburgh "pirated away Bierbauer" and the Pirates nickname was born. Alternate nicknames such as "Bucs" or "Buccos", short for "buccaneer", have been used through the years.

PNC Park
2001 - present
Three Rivers Stadium
1970 - 2000
Forbes Field
1909 - 1970
Exposition Park II
1891 - 1909
Recreation Park
1884 - 1890
Exposition Park I
1882 - 1883

Robert Nutting
2007 - present
Kevin McClatchy
1996 - 2007
Pittsburgh Associates
1985 - 1996
John W. Galbreath
1946 - 1985
Bill Benswanger
1932 - 1946
Barney Dreyfuss
1900 - 1932
William Kerr & Phil Auten
1891 - 1900
William A. Nimick
1887 - 1891
Denny Mcknight
1882 - 1887

Established: 1882

League History:
Major League Baseball
2000 - present
National League
1887 - 1999
American Association
1882 - 1886

Team History:
Pittsburgh Pirates
1882 - present

World Series: 5
1979, 1971, 1960, 1925, 1909

Retired Numbers:
1 Billy Meyer
4 Ralph Kiner
8 Willie Stargell
9 Bill Mazeroski
11 Paul Waner
20 Pie Traynor
21 Roberto Clemente
33 Honus Wagner
40 Danny Murtaugh
42 Jackie Robinson

Mascots: 1979 - present

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