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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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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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188 34
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Honus Wagner Shortstop

3
162 31
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
107 23
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Paul Waner Right fielder, Outfielder

5
115 31
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Ralph Kiner Outfielder, Left fielder

6
119 38
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bill Mazeroski Second baseman

7
132 50
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

8
103 36
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Dave Parker Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

9
82 24
Pie Traynor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pie Traynor Third baseman

10
119 56
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Barry Bonds Left fielder

11
82 35
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

12
63 21
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

13
47 11
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher

14
55 21
Doug Drabek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Doug Drabek Pitcher

15
60 22
Bill Madlock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bill Madlock Third baseman

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51 16
Dick Groat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Dick Groat Shortstop

17
52 20
Arky Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Arky Vaughan Shortstop

18
54 25
John Candelaria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
John Candelaria Pitcher

19
36 12
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
31 5
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time

21
41 17
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

22
50 30
Bobby Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bobby Bonilla Right fielder, Outfielder, Third baseman

23
45 23
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Jason Kendall Catcher

24
39 12
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Roy Face Pitcher

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43 20
Vern Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Vern Law Pitcher

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26 9
John Smiley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added John Smiley Pitcher

27
32 11
Richie Hebner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Richie Hebner Third baseman

28
29 11
Bill Virdon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Bill Virdon Outfielder, Center fielder

29
26 5
Al Oliver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Al Oliver Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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35 17
Jay Bell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Jay Bell Shortstop

31
39 24
Jason Bay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Jason Bay Left fielder

32
37 21
Brian Giles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Brian Giles Right fielder, Outfielder

33
27 12
Gerrit Cole is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Gerrit Cole Pitcher

34
30 15
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
29 14
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slaft added Matty Alou Outfielder, Center fielder

36
26 12
Wilbur Cooper is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Wilbur Cooper Pitcher

37
25 9
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
26 12
Babe Adams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Babe Adams Pitcher

39
28 12
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
bigulcards added Starling Marte Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

40
29 15
Fred Clarke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Fred Clarke Manager, Outfielder, Left fielder

41
25 12
Jack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Jack Wilson Second baseman, Shortstop

42
25 12
Donn Clendenon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Donn Clendenon First baseman

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24 11
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slaft added Bob Veale Pitcher

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7 0
Josh Harrison is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
TRENT13 added Josh Harrison Third baseman

45
16 4
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
14 8
Denny Neagle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Denny Neagle Pitcher

47
15 5
Mark Melancon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
MatthewDiLorenzo added Mark Melancon Pitcher

48
17 11
Don Slaught is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Don Slaught Catcher

49
24 12
Johnny Ray is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Johnny Ray Second baseman

50
20 12
Sam Leever is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Sam Leever Pitcher