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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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1
453 87
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder

2
377 63
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Shortstop

3
289 52
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

4
208 62
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

5
181 51
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

6
217 76
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Second baseman

7
159 39
Pie Traynor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Third baseman

8
191 77
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

9
236 104
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Left fielder

10
248 114
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

11
110 33
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

12
134 61
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

13
85 16
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time

14
91 28
Dick Groat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Shortstop

15
107 38
Bill Madlock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Third baseman

16
102 36
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

17
92 35
Doug Drabek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher

18
90 27
Arky Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Shortstop

19
75 14
Al Oliver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

20
71 20
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

21
65 23
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher

22
77 26
Vern Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher

23
80 41
Bobby Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Third baseman

24
56 15
Bill Virdon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

25
68 18
Roy Face is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

26
82 33
John Candelaria is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher

27
57 17
Bob Friend is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

28
48 12
Kiki Cuyler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Right fielder, Outfielder

29
57 26
Jay Bell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Shortstop

30
53 22
Richie Hebner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Third baseman

31
70 41
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Catcher

32
42 19
John Smiley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
CMCSS03 added Pitcher

33
50 21
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slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

34
65 36
Jason Bay is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Left fielder

35
60 32
Brian Giles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

36
52 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
41 18
Babe Adams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

38
31 8
Dave Giusti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher

39
39 19
Neil Walker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
MatthewDiLorenzo added Second baseman, Third baseman

40
36 19
Wilbur Cooper is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

41
39 17
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slaft added Pitcher

42
14 1
Connie Mack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
David Gwost added Manager, Catcher

43
49 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
31 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
35 16
Gene Alley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Shortstop

46
33 15
Deacon Phillippe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher

47
35 17
Johnny Ray is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Second baseman

48
29 12
Richie Zisk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

49
34 19
Donn Clendenon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added First baseman

50
36 21
Jack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Second baseman, Shortstop