The Pittsburgh Pirates got their name in a unique way. They were originally called the Alleghenies. Their first game was played on April 30, 1887 at Recreation Park in Pittsburgh.

Louis Bierbauer, who played for the Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association, left his club to play for the outlawed Player's League in 1890. The league lasted just one season. Bierbauer was expected to return to the Athletics, but arbitrtors ruled that Philadelphia had not reserved him. So he was free to play for Pittsburgh of the National League.

Sports writers called this "an act of piracy on the high seas". From then on, the Pittsburgh club was known as the Pirates.

Over the years, Pittsburgh has played in five different ball parks.

Recreation Park: 1887-1890

Exposition Park: 1891-1909

Forbes Field: 1909-1970

Three Rivers Stadium: 1970-2000

PNC Park: 2000-present

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