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The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time 

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List Rules Please only rank the players based on their time with the Pirates.

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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Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Shortstop
2
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder
3
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman
4
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder
5
Pie Traynor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Third baseman
6
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder
7
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Left fielder
8
Arky Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Shortstop
9
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
10
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder
11
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Second baseman
12
Al Oliver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
13
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder
14
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
15
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
16
Kiki Cuyler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
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17
Bill Madlock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Third baseman
18
Manny Sanguillén ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
19
Babe Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher
20
Fred Clarke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Manager, Outfielder, Left fielder
21
John Candelaria is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher
22
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
23
Dick Groat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Shortstop
24
Doug Drabek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
Pitcher
25
Wilbur Cooper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pittsburgh Pirates of All Time
slaft added Pitcher