Pittsburgh Sports Championships - Pittsburgh Pirates - World Series

In 1903 the Pirates played in what amounted to be the first World  Series of Baseball. The best of nine game series lasted 8 games leaving the Boston Pilgrims the winner, but giving Pittsburgh its first taste of playing in the championship games.  In Pittsburgh the games were played on the North Side in Exposition Park (home of the Pirates from 1881 to 1909)

1903 World Series of Baseball

Boston Pilgrims (AL) defeated the
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) 5 games to 3
Game 1  Pittsburgh 7 - Boston 3
Game 2  Pittsburgh 0 - Boston 3
Game 3  Pittsburgh 4 - Boston 2
Game 4  Pittsburgh 5 - Boston 4
Game 5  Pittsburgh 2 - Boston 11
Game 6  Pittsburgh 3 - Boston 6
Game 7  Pittsburgh 3 - Boston 7
Game 8  Pittsburgh 0 - Boston 3
The highest attended game had 18,801 people pay to attend.

 


The 1909 season left the Pirates winning its first of 5 World Series.  This time the newly opened Forbes Field in Oakland is where it all took place.  A more seasoned Honus Wagner would lead the Pirates on to victory over the Detroit Tigers.  Pitcher Babe Adams won three games for the Pirates, and  Detroit had managed only six hits in each of his 3 wins.
 

1909 World Series Program

1909 World Series
Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the
Detroit Tigers 4 games to 3

Game 1  Pittsburgh 4 - Detroit 1
Game 2  Pittsburgh 2 - Detroit 7
Game 3  Pittsburgh 8 - Detroit 6
Game 4  Pittsburgh 0 - Detroit 5
Game 5  Pittsburgh 8 - Detroit 4
Game 6  Pittsburgh 4 - Detroit 5
Game 7  Pittsburgh 8 - Detroit 0

          


 Fans at a 1909 World Series game climb
 a telephone pole to see into Forbes Field.


1909 Pittsburgh Pirates


It took until 1925 for the Pirates to play in a World Series again.   Forbes Field hosted the Pittsburgh games and Pirate pitcher hero from 1909 Babe Adams at 43 years old even threw an inning.  Pittsburgh with some last game heroics ended up the victor.  The Pirates' comeback marked the first time a team had rallied from a 3-1 deficit in games to win a best-of-seven Series.

  

 
1925 Pittsburgh Pirates

1925 World Series
Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the
Washington Senators 4 games to 3

Game 1  Pittsburgh 1 - Senators 4
Game 2  Pittsburgh 3 - Senators 2
Game 3  Pittsburgh 3 - Senators 4
Game 4  Pittsburgh 0 - Senators 4
Game 5  Pittsburgh 6 - Senators 3
Game 6  Pittsburgh 3 - Senators 2
Game 7  Pittsburgh 9 - Senators 7

 


The 1927 World Series brought the New York Yankees infamous "Murderers Row" to Forbes Field. The Yankees easily won the series in four games, with Babe Ruth hitting two home runs..


1927 World Series
New York Yankees defeated the
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 games to 0

Game 1  Pittsburgh 4 - Yankees 5
Game 2  Pittsburgh 2 - Yankees 6
Game 3  Pittsburgh 1 - Yankees 8
Game 4  Pittsburgh 3 - Yankees 4

 


The 1960 World Series was an epic 33 years in the making, Pittsburgh finally got their revenge against the New York Yankees.  The Pirates were outscored 55-27,  their hit total was 31 shy of the Yankees, and they were down by two runs in the eighth inning of game seven.  But with one swing, Bill Mazeroski would make World Series History, with the greatest play in Pirates History, winning the series for the Pirates on the final pitch.  


1960 World Series
Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the
New York Yankees 4 games to 3

Game 1  Pittsburgh 6 - Yankees 4
Game 2  Pittsburgh 3 - Yankees 16
Game 3  Pittsburgh 0 - Yankees 10  
Game 4  Pittsburgh 3 - Yankees 2
Game 5  Pittsburgh 5 - Yankees 2
Game 6  Pittsburgh 0 - Yankees 12
Game 7  Pittsburgh 10 - Yankees 9
Mickey Mantle said losing the 1960 series was the
 biggest disappointment in  his entire baseball career.



1960 Pittsburgh Pirates


The 1971 World Series featured the Pirates taking on the defending champion Baltimore Orioles.  Three Rivers Stadium in just it's second year would host the first night game in World Series history.  Baltimore with four 20 game winners was coming off three playoff sweeps in a row.  Pittsburgh was led by the bats of Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and the Pitching of Dock Ellis and Steve Blass.  Outscored 24-23 Pittsburgh managed to squeak out another series win on the great 7th game pitching of Steve Blass.


1971 Pittsburgh Pirates


First night game in World Series History

1971 World Series
Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the
Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 3

Game 1  Pittsburgh 3 - Orioles 5
Game 2  Pittsburgh 3 - Orioles 11
Game 3  Pittsburgh 5 - Orioles 1  
Game 4  Pittsburgh 4 - Orioles 3
Game 5  Pittsburgh 4 - Orioles 0
Game 6  Pittsburgh 2 - Orioles 3
Game 7  Pittsburgh 2 - Orioles 1



The 1979 World Series was a repeat of the 1971 series with Pittsburgh facing off against the  Baltimore Orioles.  Three Rivers Stadium would once again host the home games.  Pittsburgh would come back from a 3-1 deficit for the second time (the other in 1925).  This feat has only happened 5 times in World Series History.  Willie Stargell became the oldest player to win a World Series MVP at 39, and Pittsburgh was the last MLB, NHL, or NBA team to win a game 7 final series games on the road!   Pittsburgh led by the charge of "We Are Family" and the great relief pitching of Kent Tekulve once again won it in seven.

 

1979 World Series
Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the
Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 3

Game 1  Pittsburgh 4 - Orioles 5
Game 2  Pittsburgh 3 - Orioles 2
Game 3  Pittsburgh 4 - Orioles 8  
Game 4  Pittsburgh 6 - Orioles 9
Game 5  Pittsburgh 7 - Orioles 1
Game 6  Pittsburgh 4 - Orioles 0
Game 7  Pittsburgh 4 - Orioles 1