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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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317 50
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Honus Wagner Shortstop

2
377 73
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Roberto Clemente Right fielder

3
256 42
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
177 51
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Ralph Kiner Outfielder, Left fielder

5
159 46
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Paul Waner Right fielder, Outfielder

6
172 64
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Dave Parker Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

7
187 68
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bill Mazeroski Second baseman

8
134 33
Pie Traynor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pie Traynor Third baseman

9
218 94
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

10
197 89
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Barry Bonds Left fielder

11
91 27
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
94 29
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

13
97 32
Bill Madlock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bill Madlock Third baseman

14
81 23
Dick Groat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Dick Groat Shortstop

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85 23
Arky Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Arky Vaughan Shortstop

16
72 12
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time

17
117 55
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

18
83 31
Doug Drabek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Doug Drabek Pitcher

19
66 11
Al Oliver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Al Oliver Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

20
59 20
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Tony Peña Relief pitcher, Pitcher

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64 18
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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63 13
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Roy Face Pitcher

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70 23
Vern Law is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Vern Law Pitcher

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77 30
John Candelaria is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
John Candelaria Pitcher

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52 13
Bill Virdon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Bill Virdon Outfielder, Center fielder

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72 40
Bobby Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Bobby Bonilla Right fielder, Outfielder, Third baseman

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52 15
Bob Friend is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Bob Friend Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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44 10
Kiki Cuyler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Kiki Cuyler Right fielder, Outfielder

The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

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10 0
Connie Mack is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
David Gwost added Connie Mack Manager, Catcher

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60 31
Jason Bay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Jason Bay Left fielder

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38 16
John Smiley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added John Smiley Pitcher

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46 18
Richie Hebner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Richie Hebner Third baseman

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50 25
Jay Bell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Jay Bell Shortstop

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46 19
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slaft added Matty Alou Outfielder, Center fielder

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53 28
Brian Giles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Brian Giles Right fielder, Outfielder

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47 18
Fred Clarke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Fred Clarke Manager, Outfielder, Left fielder

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61 38
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Jason Kendall Catcher

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28 5
Dave Giusti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Dave Giusti Pitcher

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36 16
Babe Adams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Babe Adams Pitcher

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34 16
Wilbur Cooper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Wilbur Cooper Pitcher

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34 14
Neil Walker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
MatthewDiLorenzo added Neil Walker Second baseman, Third baseman

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36 14
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slaft added Bob Veale Pitcher

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29 10
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Frank Thomas Left fielder, Infielder, First baseman

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32 13
Gene Alley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Gene Alley Shortstop

45
26 8
Richie Zisk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Richie Zisk Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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32 18
Rick Rhoden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Rick Rhoden Pitcher

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31 13
Deacon Phillippe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Deacon Phillippe Pitcher

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32 17
Donn Clendenon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Donn Clendenon First baseman

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32 16
Johnny Ray is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Johnny Ray Second baseman

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26 17
Don Slaught is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Don Slaught Catcher