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List of Pittsburgh Pirates seasons

For statistics on the recently completed season, see 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates season.
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The Pirates won the National League in 1901 and 1902, before participating in the first World Series in 1903.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed 128 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) since joining the National League (NL) in 1887. Through 2014, they have played 19,610 regular season games, winning 9,907 and losing 9,703, for a winning percentage of .505. The Pirates are also a combined total of 43–52 (.453) in post-season play. Prior to joining the National League in 1887 the franchise compiled a record of 236–296 (.444) in five seasons of the American Association.[1] This list documents the season-by-season records of the Pirates' franchise including their years as the "Alleghenies"[l] (alternately spelled Alleghenys[1]). The Pirates moved from the American Association to the National League after owner William Nimick became upset over a contract dispute, thus beginning the modern day franchise.[2] The team currently plays home games at PNC Park which they moved into in 2001. Prior to PNC Park, the Pirates played home games at Three Rivers Stadium and Forbes Field, among other stadiums.[3]

In 1903, the Pirates were defeated by the Boston Americans in the first World Series. The Pirates returned to and won the World Series in 1909, over the Detroit Tigers. Since then the Pirates won championships in 1925, 1960, 1971, and 1979. In addition to their five World Series victories the Pirates have won nine National League pennants and qualified for the playoffs 15 seasons.[1] The Pirates had 20 consecutive seasons with a losing record—setting a United States professional sports record. However, the team won 94 games in 2013 ending that streak by clinching the National League's top wild card berth in Major League Baseball's postseason.[4] The franchise's original colors were red and blue, which were switched to black and gold—colors that all professional Pittsburgh sports franchises now share[5][6]—for the 1948 season.[7]

Year by year

World Series Champions
(1903–present)
National League Champions
(1883–present)
Division Champions
(1969–present)
Wild Card Berth
(1994–present)
MLB
season
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League[1] Division[1] Regular season Post-season Awards[8]
Finish[a] Wins[b] Losses Win% GB[c]
Pittsburgh Alleghenys[7]
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1882 AA 4th 39 39 .500 15
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1883 AA 7th 31 67 .316 35
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1884 AA 11th 30 78 .278 45½
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1885 AA 3rd 56 55 .505 22½
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1886 AA 2nd 80 57 .584 12
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1887[m] NL 6th 55 69 .444 24
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1888 NL 6th 66 68 .493 19½
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1889 NL 5th 61 71 .462 25
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1890[n] NL 8th 23 113 .169 66½
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1891[o] NL 8th 55 80 .407 30½
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1892 NL 6th 80 73 .523 23½
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1893 NL 2nd 81 48 .628 5
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1894 NL 7th 65 65 .500 25
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1895 NL 7th 71 61 .538 17
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1896 NL 6th 66 63 .512 24
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1897 NL 8th 60 71 .458 32½
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1898 NL 8th 72 76 .486 29½
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1899 NL 7th 76 73 .510 25½
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1900 NL 2nd 79 60 .568
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1901 NL 1st 90 49 .647 Pre-World Series Era NL Champions
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1902 NL 1st 103 36 .741 Pre-World Series Era NL Champions
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1903 NL 1st 91 49 .647 Lost World Series (Americans) 5–3
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1904 NL 4th 87 66 .569 19
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1905 NL 2nd 96 57 .627 9
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1906 NL 3rd 93 60 .608 46
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1907 NL 2nd 91 63 .591 17
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1908 NL 2nd 98 56 .636 1
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1909[p] NL 1st 110 42 .724 Won World Series (Tigers) 4–3
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1910 NL 3rd 86 67 .562 17½
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1911 NL 3rd 85 69 .552 14½
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1912 NL 2nd 93 58 .616 10
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1913 NL 4th 78 71 .523 21½
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1914 NL 7th 69 85 .448 25½
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1915 NL 5th 73 81 .474 18
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1916 NL 6th 65 89 .422 29
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1917 NL 8th 51 103 .331 47
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1918 NL 4th 65 60 .520 17
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1919 NL 4th 71 68 .511 24½
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1920 NL 4th 79 75 .513 14
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1921 NL 2nd 90 63 .588 4
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1922 NL 3rd 85 69 .552 8
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1923 NL 3rd 87 67 .565
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1924 NL 3rd 90 63 .588 3
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1925 NL 1st 95 68 .621 Won World Series (Senators) 4–3
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1926 NL 3rd 84 69 .549
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1927 NL 1st 94 60 .610 Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–0 Paul Waner (MVP)[e]
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1928 NL 4th 85 67 .559 9
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1929 NL 2nd 88 65 .575 10½
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1930 NL 5th 80 74 .519 12
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1931 NL 5th 75 79 .487 26
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1932 NL 2nd 86 68 .558 4
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1933 NL 2nd 87 67 .565 5
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1934 NL 5th 74 76 .493 19½
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1935 NL 4th 86 67 .562 13½
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1936 NL 4th 84 70 .545 8
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1937 NL 3rd 86 68 .558 10
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1938 NL 2nd 86 64 .573 2
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1939 NL 6th 68 85 .444 28½
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1940 NL 4th 78 76 .506 22½
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1941 NL 4th 81 73 .526 19
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1942 NL 5th 66 81 .449 36½
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1943 NL 4th 80 74 .519 25
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1944 NL 2nd 90 63 .588 14½
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1945 NL 4th 82 72 .532 16
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1946 NL 7th 63 91 .409 34
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1947 NL 7th 62 92 .403 32
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1948 NL 4th 83 71 .539
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1949 NL 6th 71 83 .461 26
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1950 NL 8th 57 96 .373 33½
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1951 NL 7th 64 90 .416 32½
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1952 NL 8th 42 112 .273 54½
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1953 NL 8th 50 104 .325 55
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1954 NL 8th 53 101 .344 44
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1955 NL 8th 60 94 .390 38½
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1956 NL 7th 66 88 .429 27
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1957 NL 7th 62 92 .403 33
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1958 NL 2nd 84 70 .545 8
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1959 NL 4th 78 76 .506 9
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1960 NL 1st 95 59 .617 Won World Series (Yankees) 4–3 Dick Groat (MVP)
Vern Law (CYA)[f]
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1961 NL 6th 75 79 .487 18
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1962 NL 4th 93 68 .578 8
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1963 NL 8th 74 88 .457 25
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1964 NL 6th 80 82 .494 13
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1965 NL 3rd 90 72 .556 7
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1966 NL 3rd 92 70 .568 3 Roberto Clemente (MVP)
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1967 NL 6th 81 81 .500 20½
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1968 NL 6th 80 82 .494 17
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1969 NL East 3rd 88 74 .543 12
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1970[q] NL East 1st 89 73 .549 Lost NLCS[d] (Reds) 3–0
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1971 NL East 1st 97 65 .599 Won NLCS (Giants) 3–1
Won World Series (Orioles) 4–3
Roberto Clemente (WSMVP)
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1972 NL East 1st 96 59 .619 Lost NLCS (Reds) 3–2
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1973 NL East 3rd 80 82 .494
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1974 NL East 1st 88 74 .543 Lost NLCS (Dodgers) 3–1
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1975 NL East 1st 92 69 .571 Lost NLCS (Reds) 3–0
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1976 NL East 2nd 92 70 .568 9
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1977 NL East 2nd 96 66 .593 5
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1978 NL East 2nd 88 73 .547 Dave Parker (MVP)
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1979 NL East 1st 98 64 .605 Won NLCS (Reds) 3–0
Won World Series (Orioles) 4–3
Willie Stargell (MVP, WSMVP)
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1980 NL East 3rd 83 79 .512 8
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1981 NL East 4th 25 23 .521
6th 21 33 .389
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1982 NL East 4th 84 78 .519 8
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1983 NL East 2nd 84 78 .519 6
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1984 NL East 6th 75 87 .463 21½
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1985 NL East 6th 57 104 .354 43½
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1986 NL East 6th 64 98 .395 44
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1987 NL East 4th 80 82 .464 15
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1988 NL East 2nd 85 75 .531 15
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1989 NL East 5th 74 88 .457 19
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1990 NL East 1st 95 67 .586 Lost NLCS (Reds) 4–2 Barry Bonds (MVP)
Doug Drabek (CYA)
Jim Leyland (MOY)[g]
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1991 NL East 1st 98 64 .605 Lost NLCS (Braves) 4–3
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1992 NL East 1st 96 66 .593 Lost NLCS (Braves) 4–3 Barry Bonds (MVP)
Jim Leyland (MOY)
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1993 NL East 5th 75 87 .463 22
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1994 NL Central 4th 53 61 .465 13 No Postseason due to Player's Strike
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1995 NL Central 5th 58 86 .403 27
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1996 NL Central 5th 73 89 .451 15
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1997 NL Central 2nd 79 83 .488 5
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1998 NL Central 6th 69 93 .426 33
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1999 NL Central 3rd 78 84 .484 18½
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2000[r] NL Central 5th 69 93 .426 26
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2001[s] NL Central 6th 62 100 .383 31
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2002 NL Central 4th 72 89 .447 24½
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2003 NL Central 4th 75 87 .463 13
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2004 NL Central 5th 72 89 .447 32½ Jason Bay (ROY)[h]
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2005 NL Central 6th 67 95 .414 33
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2006 NL Central 5th 67 95 .414 16½
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2007 NL Central 6th 68 94 .420 17
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2008 NL Central 6th 67 95 .414 30½
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2009 NL Central 6th 62 99 .385 28½
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2010 NL Central 6th 57 105 .352 34
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2011 NL Central 4th 72 90 .444 24
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2012 NL Central 4th 79 83 .488 18
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2013 NL Central 2nd 94 68 .580 3 Won NL Wild Card Game (Reds)
Lost NLDS (Cardinals) 3–2
Andrew McCutchen (MVP)
Clint Hurdle (MOY)
Francisco Liriano (CBPOY)
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2014 NL Central 2nd 88 74 .543 2 Lost NL Wild Card Game (Giants)
Totals[9][10] W L Win%
236 296 .444 Pittsburgh Alleghenys (AA) regular season record (1882–86)
9907 9703 .505 Pittsburgh Alleghenys/Pirates (NL) regular season record (1887–2014)
10143 9999 .504 All-time regular season record (1882–2014)
43 52 .453 All-time postseason record
10186 10051 .503 All-time regular and postseason record

These statistics are current as of September 30, 2014. Bold denotes a playoff season, pennant or championship; italics denote an active season.

Footnotes

  • a The Finish column lists regular season results and excludes postseason play.
  • b The Wins and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only at the bottom of the list.
  • c The GB column lists "Games Back" from the team that finished in first place that season. It is determined by finding the difference in wins plus the difference in losses divided by two. In seasons that the Pirates finished in first place, the figure represents the number of games they finished ahead of the second place team.
  • d NLCS stands for National League Championship Series.
  • e MVP stands for Most Valuable Player.
  • f CYA stands for Cy Young Award.
  • g MOY stands for Manager of the Year.
  • h ROY stands for National League Rookie of the Year.
  • i The 1972 Major League Baseball strike forced the cancellation of the first seven games (thirteen game-days) of the season.[11]
  • j The 1981 Major League Baseball strike caused the season to split into two halves. This caused Major League Baseball to hold the Divisional Series so that the first- and second-half champions could play each other to determine playoff spots for the NLCS and World Series.[12]
  • k The 1994 Major League Baseball strike ended the season on August 11, as well as cancelling the entire postseason.[13]
  • l The official Pirates website uses the spelling of "Alleghenies" rather than "Alleghenys".[7]
  • m The Pirates first season at Recreation Park.[14]
  • n The Pirates final season at Recreation Park.[14]
  • o The Pirates first season at Exposition Park.[14]
  • p On June 29, 1909, the Pirates played their final game at Exposition Park. The two teams opened Forbes Field the following day, June 30, 1909.[15]
  • q The Pirates played their final game at Forbes Field on June 28, 1970.[16] Three Rivers Stadium hosted its first Pirates' game on July 16, 1970.[17]
  • r The Pirates' final season at Three Rivers Stadium.[14]
  • s The Pirates first season at PNC Park.[14]

References

General
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e "Pittsburgh Pirates History & Encyclopedia". Teams. BaseballReference.com. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  2. ^ Finoli, Ranier 2003, pp. 2–3
  3. ^ Finoli, Ranier 2003, pp. 485–96
  4. ^ Associated Press (September 14, 2011). "Pirates clinch 19th straight losing season". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Dvorchak, Robert (10 November 2008). "Vintage Penguins jerseys selling up a blue streak". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  6. ^ Potter, Chris (3 June 2004). "Why are our colors always black and gold for our sports teams?". Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c "Pirates Timeline". 1887-1900. PittsburghPirates.com. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Pirates Awards". PittsburghPirates.com. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  9. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates Team History & Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  10. ^ "Baseball-Reference Postseason Index". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  11. ^ "Strike is no longer necessary". ESPN.com. 2002-08-21. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  12. ^ "Let The Games Begin". Sports Illustrated. 1981-08-10. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  13. ^ "1994: 'Fall Classic' falls victim to baseball strike". Playing Hardball: Sports Labour Disputes. CBC. 1994-09-14. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "Pirates Ballparks". PittsburghPirates.com. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  15. ^ McCollister p. 17
  16. ^ McCollister 1998, pp. 175
  17. ^ Koppett, Leonard (1970-07-17). "Pirates Open Their New Park, But Reds Celebrate 3-2 Victory". The New York Times (Pittsburgh). p. 38, Sports. Retrieved 2008-08-07.