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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.
list ordered by

1
471 89
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder

2
389 65
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Shortstop

3
299 53
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

4
211 64
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

5
183 52
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

6
221 77
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Second baseman

7
161 40
Pie Traynor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Third baseman

8
194 78
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

9
257 115
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

10
241 107
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Left fielder

11
113 34
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

12
139 61
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

13
89 17
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time

14
93 29
Dick Groat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Shortstop

15
109 39
Bill Madlock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Third baseman

16
105 37
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
94 36
Doug Drabek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher

18
94 28
Arky Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Shortstop

19
77 15
Al Oliver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

20
73 21
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

21
67 24
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
78 27
Vern Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher

23
85 34
John Candelaria is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher

24
58 16
Bill Virdon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

25
70 19
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

26
81 42
Bobby Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Third baseman

27
52 12
Kiki Cuyler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Right fielder, Outfielder

28
59 17
Bob Friend is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

29
60 27
Jay Bell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Shortstop

30
45 19
John Smiley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Pitcher

31
54 21
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slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

32
54 22
Richie Hebner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Third baseman

33
71 41
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Catcher

34
62 32
Brian Giles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

35
66 36
Jason Bay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Left fielder

36
53 21
Fred Clarke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Manager, Outfielder, Left fielder

37
17 1
Connie Mack is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
David Gwost added Manager, Catcher

38
43 18
Babe Adams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

39
33 8
Dave Giusti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher

40
41 19
Neil Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
MatthewDiLorenzo added Second baseman, Third baseman

41
38 19
Wilbur Cooper is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

42
40 17
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slaft added Pitcher

43
52 30
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
bigulcards added Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

44
33 12
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Left fielder, Infielder, First baseman

45
37 16
Gene Alley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Shortstop

46
32 12
Richie Zisk is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

47
35 15
Deacon Phillippe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

48
37 18
Johnny Ray is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Second baseman

49
49 34
Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Pitcher

50
30 19
Don Slaught is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Catcher