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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 37
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Honus Wagner Shortstop

2
252 54
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Roberto Clemente Right fielder

3
175 32
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
116 27
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Paul Waner Right fielder, Outfielder

5
124 34
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Ralph Kiner Outfielder, Left fielder

6
146 55
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

7
117 40
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
126 43
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bill Mazeroski Second baseman

9
92 26
Pie Traynor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pie Traynor Third baseman

10
128 63
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Barry Bonds Left fielder

11
54 11
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
69 22
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

13
61 21
Doug Drabek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Doug Drabek Pitcher

14
86 39
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
55 17
Dick Groat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Dick Groat Shortstop

16
64 25
Bill Madlock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bill Madlock Third baseman

17
59 20
Arky Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Arky Vaughan Shortstop

18
47 17
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

19
40 14
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
44 12
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Roy Face Pitcher

21
48 21
Vern Law is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Vern Law Pitcher

The Best Official Republican Candidates for 2016

22
56 28
John Candelaria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
John Candelaria Pitcher

23
35 7
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time

24
34 11
Bill Virdon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Bill Virdon Outfielder, Center fielder

25
52 33
Bobby Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bobby Bonilla Right fielder, Outfielder, Third baseman

26
33 7
Al Oliver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Al Oliver Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

27
46 27
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Jason Kendall Catcher

28
43 24
Jason Bay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Jason Bay Left fielder

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
30 9
Kiki Cuyler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Kiki Cuyler Right fielder, Outfielder

30
34 15
Bob Friend is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Bob Friend Starting pitcher, Pitcher

31
26 13
John Smiley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added John Smiley Pitcher

32
32 14
Richie Hebner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Richie Hebner Third baseman

33
35 22
Jay Bell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Jay Bell Shortstop

34
31 16
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slaft added Matty Alou Outfielder, Center fielder

35
34 17
Fred Clarke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Fred Clarke Manager, Outfielder, Left fielder

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

36
27 14
Wilbur Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Wilbur Cooper Pitcher

37
39 25
Brian Giles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Brian Giles Right fielder, Outfielder

38
28 15
Babe Adams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Babe Adams Pitcher

39
29 17
Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Gerrit Cole Pitcher

40
26 12
Deacon Phillippe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Deacon Phillippe Pitcher

41
16 4
Dave Giusti is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Dave Giusti Pitcher

42
26 13
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slaft added Bob Veale Pitcher

The Best NC State Basketball Players Ever

43
25 12
Gene Alley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Gene Alley Shortstop

44
18 8
Mark Melancon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
MatthewDiLorenzo added Mark Melancon Pitcher

45
18 6
Richie Zisk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Richie Zisk Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

46
26 14
Johnny Ray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Johnny Ray Second baseman

47
26 16
Jack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Jack Wilson Second baseman, Shortstop

48
16 8
Neil Walker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
MatthewDiLorenzo added Neil Walker Second baseman, Third baseman

49
24 17
Rick Rhoden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Rick Rhoden Pitcher

50
28 19
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
bigulcards added Starling Marte Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder