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The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of five teams in MLB’s National League Central division along with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. The franchise joined the National League in 1887 and went on to win three National League titles in 1901, 1902 and 1903. The Pirates lost to the Red Sox in the 1903 World Series, which was the first World Series ever played. The Pirates won their first World Series championship six seasons later, in 1909. Their superstar player was Honus Wagner, who is considered by many to be the greatest shortstop of all time and one of the greatest players ever.
The Pittsburgh Pirates won their second World Series championship in 1925, defeating the defending champion Washington Senators in seven games. The Pirates lost three of the first four games of the Series before becoming the first team ever to overcome a 3–1 deficit to win the championship in a best-of-seven Series. They did so by defeating Washington star pitcher and all-time great Walter Johnson in Game 7. Johnson and the Senators held a 6–4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but errors by Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh in both the seventh and eighth innings led to four unearned runs in driving rain that was described at the time as “probably the worst conditions ever for a World Series game.”
It would be 35 years before the Pirates would win their third World Series, and they would do so in dramatic fashion. In Game 7, Bill Mazeroski hit a walk-off ninth-inning home run, the first time a winner-take-all World Series game ended with a walk-off home run.
The Pittsburgh Pirates won their fourth and fifth World Series championships during the 1970s, winning both Series in seven games and both against the American League’s Baltimore Orioles. In 1971, the home team prevailed in each of the first six games before Pirates starting pitcher hurled a complete game while allowing only four Baltimore hits in a 2–1 win over Mike Cuellar in Baltimore. Making what would be his final World Series appearance, all-time great Roberto Clemente became the first Spanish-speaking player to earn World Series MVP honors after hitting safely in all seven games of the Series.
The 1979 Pirates were the last team to win Game 7 of a World Series on the road until the San Francisco Giants defeated the Royals in Kansas City to win Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. They overcame a 3–1 deficit to win the championship on the back of Series MVP Willis Stargell, who hit .400 with a record seven extra-base hits and matched Reggie Jackson's record of 25 total bases, set two years earlier. With the exception of winning the 2013 National League Wild Card Game, the 1979 World Series is the last postseason series the Pirates have won.