Honoring International Talk Like A Pirate Day - All About the Pirates

In honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, we're devoting a post to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In case you haven't checked out the All-Time team, you can do so by clicking the link below:

All-Time Pirates Team

Here are some All-Time Pirate notables... take note of the Pirate references.

All-Time Captain - Willie Stargell
A good captain is worth his weight in gold; Willie Stargell, who earned the nickame "Pops" in his later years, might not have been been the most talented Pirate of all-time but he was certainly a tremendous leader (the leader of the fabled 1979 Pirates team).  He's a hall of famer and the one guy that personifies Pirates Baseball.  

All-Time Skipper - Danny Murtaugh
Murtaugh grew up in Chester, PA, where he attended Chester High School playing basketball and baseball as a member of the Chester High Clippers.  He led the Pirates to two World Championships and had his number retired by the Pirates in 1977.

All-Time Pirate Moment - October 13, 1960: Maz Hits First Series-Ending HR in World Series History to Steal a Championship from the Yankees
The 1960 World Series featuring the heavily favored Yankees of the 1960's and the up-start Pirates, is one of the greatest fall classics in baseball history.  The series was a see-saw up until game seven - the Pirates won game one, the Yankees blasted their way to double-digit wins in games two and three, the Pirates won the next two to take a 3-2 lead in the series before the Yankees won game 6 to set up a decisive game 7 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.  The game was quite possibly the greatest game in baseball history.  The Pirates jumped out to a 4-0 lead (scoring 2 in each of the first two innings) before the Yankees rallied in the 5th and 6th innings to pull ahead 5-4 (scored 1 run in the 5th and 4 in the 6th).  The Yankees would tack on two more in the top of the 8th to pull ahead 7-4 before the Pirates would pull ahead, again.  They scored five runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 9-7 lead heading into the 9th but the resilient and relentless Yankee lineup refused to go down without a fight. The top of the 9th would see them score two more runs to tie the game setting up one of the most iconic moments in baseball history.  With the count 1-0, at approximately 3:36 PM, Bill Mazeroski, who had led off the inning, hit a shot over the head of Yogi Berra, who was playing in left field, to seal the Pirates third World Championship (their first in thirty-five years).  As Yogi dropped to his knees in despair, the Forbes Field crowd erupted; they had witnessed the first ever home run to end a World Series.

Best Pirate Nickname (a Pirate is only as good as his nickname) - Honus Wagner "The Flying Dutchman"


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