Pittsburgh Pirates Tickets
Based in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the Pittsburg Pirates is an American professional baseball team that is a member of the National League of the Major League Baseball (MLB). The team plays its home games at the PNC Park. Previously, it used to play at the Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium. The franchise was founded in 1881 and joined the National League in its eighth season in 1887. Since then, the team has been on a long road full of ups and downs. Fans who consistently purchase Pittsburg Pirates baseball tickets for the season would understand the journey that this team has been through.
Rivalries of the Pittsburg Pirates
The Phillies – Pirates rivalry is among the most well-known in the entire National League. It started right around the time when the Pittsburg Pirates entered the NL in 1887. Even though this was a strong rivalry, over the years, it died down. The older fans of both the teams still hold on to it, but by and large, it has diminished to quite an extent.
The Central Division Rivalries
The Pirates have a lot of rivalries with teams within the Central division. These include the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. The intensity of these rivalries varies with time and with the players involved during the season games.
Award Winners at Pittsburgh Pirates
Over the years, the Pittsburg Pirates have seen many class players in its roster. Many of these have won awards in honor of their exceptional abilities and performance as baseball players. Some of the players who have won the Most Valuable Player Award include Andrew McCutchen in 2013, Barry Bonds in 1990 and 1992, Willie Stargeli in 1979, Dave Parker in 1978, Roberto Clemente in 1966, Dick Groat in 1960 and Paul Waner in 1972. In addition to the prestigious MVP Award, the team has two players who hold the Cy Young Award – Doug Drabek in 1990 and Vern Law in 1960. Rookie of the Year Award has been won by one player, Jason Bay in 2004. Two of the managers have also won the Manager of the Year Award – Clint Hurdle in 2013 and Jim Leyland in 1990 and 1992.
The Golden Glove has also been won by pitchers Harvey Haddix in 1959 and 1960, Bobby Shantz in 1961 and Rick Reuschel in 1985 and 1987, catcher Tony Pena in 1983, 1984 and 1985, Mike LaValliere in 1987. This award has also been won by second base Bill Mazeroski in 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967 and Mike LaValliere in 1987. Shortstop Gene Alley got the Golden Glove in 1966 and 1967 and Jay Bell in 1993. At outfield, the Golden Glove winners include Roberto Clemente, Bill Virdon, Dave Parker, Andy Van Slyke, Barry Bonds, Nate McLouth and Andrew McClutchen.
The Silver Slugger Award has also been won by several notable players in the squad, including Don Robinson and Rick Rhoden. Supporters who have Pittsburg Pirates tickets can witness the current award-winning squad in action.
Championship Wins for the Pittsburg Pirates
Since starting out more than a century ago, the Pirates have been among the most successful teams in American baseball. They have won the World Series championships in 1979, 1971, 1960, 1925 and 1909. They were a strong team all throughout the early 1900s till the later years in the century. They won the National League pennants from 1901 till 1903 and landed their first World Series titles in 1909. They again managed to win the National League in 1925 and 1927 and the World Series in 1925 by defeating the defending champions, Washington Senators, under manager Bill McKechnie.
Following this victory, the team experienced sort of a slow period before returning to dominate the sport again, with a win in the 1960 World Series, the 1971 World Series and the 1979 World Series. They also won the Eastern Division titles between the years 1990 and 1992 – however, they did not return to the post season after this, all the way until 2013.
In recent times, the team has experienced some troubling times as it lost to the Cincinnati Reds on Opening Day 2015. However, they did achieve a milestone with their win over the Colorado Rockies in 2015 as they became the 7th team in the history of MLB to reach the figure of 10,000 wins. The team is all set to play the latest season and seems to be in a good form.