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12 Facts About the Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are an American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County.

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding.

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The Pirates compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League Central division.

The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, known simply as the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest current professional team sports league.

Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Central is an adjective usually referring to being in the center of some place or object.

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The Pirates play their home games at PNC Park; the team previously played at Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium, the latter of which was named after its location near the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers.

The Ohio River, which streams westward from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois, is the largest tributary, by volume, of the Mississippi River in the United States.

Forbes Field was a baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1909 to June 28, 1970.

Three Rivers Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1970 to 2000.

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Founded on October 15, 1881 as Allegheny, the franchise has won five World Series championships.

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team.

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The Pirates are also often referred to as the "Bucs" or the "Buccos".

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The franchise joined the NL in its eighth season in 1887 and was competitive from its early years, winning three NL titles from 1901 to 1903, playing in the inaugural World Series in 1903 and winning their first World Series in 1909 behind Honus Wagner.

Johannes Peter "Honus" Wagner was an American baseball shortstop who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Year 33 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Julian calendar.

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The Pirates have had many ups and downs during their long history, most famously winning the 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees on a game-winning walk-off home run by Bill Mazeroski, the only time that Game 7 of the World Series has ever ended with a home run.

1960 was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1960th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 960th year of the 2nd millennium, the 60th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1960s decade.

In baseball, a home run is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process.

William Stanley Mazeroski, is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman.

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They also won the 1971 World Series, led by the talent of Roberto Clemente, and the 1979 World Series under the slogan "We Are Family", led by "Pops" Willie Stargell.

The 1979 World Series matched the National League's Pittsburgh Pirates against the American League's Baltimore Orioles, with the Pirates becoming the 4th team in World Series history to come back from a three games to one deficit to win the Series in seven games.

1979 was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1979th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 979th year of the 2nd millennium, the 79th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1970s decade.

The 1971 World Series matched the defending champions Baltimore Orioles against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Pirates winning in seven games.

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Overall, the Pirates have won five World Series and lost two.

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After a run of regular-season success in the early 1990s, the Pirates struggled mightily over the following 20 years, with 20 consecutive losing seasons from 1993 to 2012—the longest such streak in North American professional sports history—before posting a winning record in 2013 of 94–68, qualifying them for the NL Wild Card.

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They would then advance to the NL Division Series round, where they lost in 5 games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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The Pirates would continue their success and make the playoffs in both 2014 and 2015, losing in the Wild Card Game both times.

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