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This is a list of the greatest Pittsburgh Pirates in team history. Despite the franchise's recent run of futility, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the classic baseball teams with its roots going back as far as the 19th century. Founded in 1882 and joining the National League in 1887, the Pirates' history has always been topsy-turvy, with the team experiencing many peaks and valleys during its existence. The team has been to the World Series nine times, winning five.

One of the best players in baseball history and to don the famous black and yellow is Roberto Clemente. During his 18 seasons in the big leagues, Clemente made history as the first Hispanic player to win a World Series as a starter (1960), to receive an MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP Award (1971). The slickfielding right fielder had an even 3,000 hits for his career and was a four-time batting champion. His death in 1972 shocked many when his plane crashed while he was his way to Nicaragua to deliver goods to earthquake victims in the Central American country. The Roberto Clemente Award is given to every year to a player with outstanding baseball playing skills who is personally involved in community work. Clemente is known as one of the greatest Pirates ever.

More recently, the "We Are Family" teams of the late '70s took home a World Series title in 1979 and had some of the best players in franchise history in Willie Stargell and Dave Parker. The early '90s should have been a period of prosperity for Pittsburgh when Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla and Doug Drabek were dominating baseball. But two heartbreaking playoff defeats and economics caused the end of that potential dynasty.

This is a list of the Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time. If you see someone who should be on this list, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank this list as you deem fit.
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208 43
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Roberto Clemente Right fielder

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2
173 31
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Honus Wagner Shortstop

3
146 28
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Willie Stargell Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

4
98 20
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Paul Waner Right fielder, Outfielder

5
106 28
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Ralph Kiner Outfielder, Left fielder

6
110 34
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bill Mazeroski Second baseman

7
98 31
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Dave Parker Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

8
122 46
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

9
77 22
Pie Traynor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pie Traynor Third baseman

10
110 54
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Barry Bonds Left fielder

11
44 8
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

12
59 19
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

13
75 33
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

14
56 21
Bill Madlock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bill Madlock Third baseman

15
51 21
Doug Drabek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Doug Drabek Pitcher

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47 16
Dick Groat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Dick Groat Shortstop

17
47 18
Arky Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Arky Vaughan Shortstop

18
53 23
John Candelaria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
John Candelaria Pitcher

19
34 10
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Tony Peña Relief pitcher, Pitcher

20
28 4
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time

21
48 28
Bobby Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bobby Bonilla Right fielder, Outfielder, Third baseman

22
41 17
Vern Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Vern Law Pitcher

23
38 15
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

24
44 22
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Jason Kendall Catcher

25
37 11
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Roy Face Pitcher

26
28 10
Bill Virdon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Bill Virdon Outfielder, Center fielder

27
30 10
Richie Hebner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Richie Hebner Third baseman

28
34 16
Jay Bell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Jay Bell Shortstop

29
23 9
John Smiley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added John Smiley Pitcher

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30
37 22
Jason Bay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Jason Bay Left fielder

31
26 8
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
bigulcards added Starling Marte Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

32
28 12
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slaft added Matty Alou Outfielder, Center fielder

33
22 5
Al Oliver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Al Oliver Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

34
28 13
Bob Friend is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Bob Friend Starting pitcher, Pitcher

35
25 11
Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Gerrit Cole Pitcher

36
24 11
Wilbur Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Wilbur Cooper Pitcher

37
23 8
Kiki Cuyler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Kiki Cuyler Right fielder, Outfielder

38
34 20
Brian Giles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Brian Giles Right fielder, Outfielder

39
24 11
Babe Adams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Babe Adams Pitcher

40
25 10
Jack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Jack Wilson Second baseman, Shortstop

41
24 12
Donn Clendenon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Donn Clendenon First baseman

42
14 7
Denny Neagle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Denny Neagle Pitcher

43
25 14
Fred Clarke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Fred Clarke Manager, Outfielder, Left fielder

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44
18 9
Francisco Liriano is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Francisco Liriano Starting pitcher, Pitcher

45
17 10
Don Slaught is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Don Slaught Catcher

46
24 11
Johnny Ray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Johnny Ray Second baseman

47
17 7
Aramis Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Aramis Ramírez Third baseman

48
23 11
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slaft added Bob Veale Pitcher

49
22 14
Rick Rhoden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Rick Rhoden Pitcher

50
19 11
Sam Leever is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Sam Leever Pitcher