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How Many World Series Have the Pirates Won?

how many world series have the pirates won

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five World Series — in 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, and 1979.

In addition to those wins, the Bucs also lost the Fall Classic in both 1903 and 1927.

Amazingly, every single World Series the Pirates won went the full distance … seven gut-wrenching games. At least their fans can’t say Pittsburgh is boring, huh?

Here is a quick breakdown of every World Series the Pirates have won through 2022.

1909 World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates over Detroit Tigers (4 games to 3)

Led by 35-year-old Honus Wagner, the Bucs met up with the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. There, the Flying Dutchman outhit 22-year-old Ty Cobb (.333 to .231) as Pittsburgh captured their first crown.

1925 World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates over Washington Senators (4 games to 3)

The 1925 Pirates were a balanced team led by outfielders Kiki Cuyler and Max Carey, and shortstop Glenn Wright. They were backed up by a similarly balanced pitching staff with five starters who each won between 15 and 19 games. In the World Series, the Bucs finally beat Walter Johnson in Game 7 after the Big Train won two games earlier in the tilt.

1960 World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates over New York Yankees (4 games to 3)

On a team with a young, emerging right fielder named Roberto Clemente and MVP shortstop Dick Groat, it was second baseman Bill Mazeroski who stole the show in the World Series. In the bottom of the ninth in Game 7, Maz took Ralph Terry deep to take down the mighty New York Yankees.

It would remain the only walk-off to end a Fall Classic until Joe Carter’s bomb in 1993.

1971 World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates over Baltimore Orioles (4 games to 3)

Eleven years after his last World Series, thirty-six-year-old Clemente was back in October, with a vastly different supporting cast. With Willie Stargell and Bob Robertson supplying the power and Steve Blass and Dock Ellis fronting the rotation, Pittsburgh won 97 games.

They toppled the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS and then ran into the buzz saw of an all-time great Baltimore Orioles pitching staff. It took a 2-1 nail-biter in Game 7, but the Pirates prevailed.

1979 World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates over Baltimore Orioles (4 games to 3)

With Stargell nearing the end of his own career and Dave Parker a year removed from his MVP season, the Pirates found their magic one more time to close out the 1970s. Pops eventually was named co-MVP of the National League (with Keith Hernandez of the St. Louis Cardinals), but not before the Bucs swept the Cincinnati Reds in the NLCS and squeaked by the Baltimore Orioles — again — in the World Series.

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