On September 21, 1963 the Pirates were the first MLB team to have an African-American manager in Gene Baker, as he filled in for Danny Murtaugh.
However, due to their long history in Pittsburgh dating back to the 1882 season, the team has retained a strong loyal following in the Pittsburgh region, especially among older residents.
During the period of two-division play (1969 to 1993), the two National League East division rivals won the two highest numbers of division championships, reigning almost exclusively as NL East champions in the 1970s and again in the early 1990s.
In an official complaint, an AA official claimed the Alleghenys' signing of Bierbauer was "piratical".
This incident (which is discussed at some length in The Beer and Whisky League, by David Nemec, 1994) quickly accelerated into a schism between the leagues that contributed to the demise of the A. Although the Alleghenys were never found guilty of wrongdoing, they made sport of being denounced for being "piratical" by renaming themselves "the Pirates" for the 1891 season.
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.
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.
After a run of regular-season success in the early 1990s (winning three straight East Division titles), 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.
They advanced to the NL Division Series round, where they lost in 5 games to the St. The Pirates made the playoffs in both 20, losing in the Wild Card Game both times.
It features autograph sessions from current and former Pirates players and coaches, live events and games, carnival booths, baseball clinics, "Ask Pirates Management", and appearances by the Pirate Parrot. KDKA first broadcast the Pirates on August 5, 1921; with Westinghouse foreman Harold Arlin behind the mic. Except for a few years on WWSW in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Pirates were on KDKA for 61 years.
KDKA's 50,000-watt clear channel enabled Pirates fans across the eastern half of North America at night to hear the games.
They again won the NL in 19 and the World Series in 1925.
After a slow period, they returned to dominance and won the 1960 World Series, 1971 World Series and 1979 World Series.
While the team was ranked first in Pittsburgh as recent as the late 1970s, Piratefest is a yearly event that is held by the Pittsburgh Pirates in January.