The Pittsburgh Pirates were established as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in 1882. They joined the National League in 1887 and played in the first World Series. Despite a successful history with 5 World Series championships, the current team has suffered 17 consecutive losing seasons.
July 25, 1970: “Roberto Clemente Day at Three Rivers Stadium” Is it any wonder Pittsburgh embraced Roberto Clemente? On the field, he was a hustler, running out every grounder, mercilessly stalking any ball hit in or near right field, and that arm … holy smokes. It seemed he could make a ball ignore the laws of physics. His prowess at the plate is summed up by one statistic: 3,000 hits. “I will never wear any other uniform than a Pittsburgh uniform.” he once said.