The Top 10 Greatest Pittsburgh Pirates Players of All Time
Discover the top 10 greatest players in Pittsburgh Pirates history. From Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Roberto Clemente to modern stars Andrew McCutchen and Barry Bonds. A must-read for any Pirates fan.
#10 - Roberto Alomar (1996-1998) - A ten-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, Alomar was a key player during the Pirates' playoff runs in the 1990s. He was one of the best second basemen of his era and was known for his strong defensive abilities.
#9 - Barry Bonds (1986-1992, 2001-2004) - One of the most controversial players in baseball history, Bonds is also one of the greatest players of all time. He won the National League MVP award seven times and finished his career with 762 home runs.
#8 - Andrew McCutchen (2009-2017) - One of the best players in Pirates history, McCutchen was a five-time All-Star and won the National League MVP award in 2013. He was a key player in the Pirates' 2013 playoff run.
#7 - Pie Traynor (1920-1937) - One of the greatest third basemen of all time, Traynor won the National League MVP award in 1927 and finished his career with a .320 batting average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948.
#6 - Bill Mazeroski (1956-1972) - A defensive wizard at second base, Mazeroski is best known for hitting the game-winning home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.
#5 - Ralph Kiner (1946-1953) - A seven-time National League home run champion, Kiner was one of the most powerful hitters of his era. He led the league in home runs in each of his first seven seasons and finished his career with 369 home runs.
#4 - Paul Waner (1926-1940) - One of the greatest hitters in Pirates history, Waner won the National League batting title twice and finished his career with a .333 batting average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1952.
#3 - Willie Stargell (1962-1982) - One of the most popular Pirates of all time, Stargell was known as "Pops" for his leadership and power at the plate. He won the National League MVP award in 1979 and led the Pirates to the World Series championship that year.
#2 - Honus Wagner (1897-1917) - Considered one of the greatest shortstops of all time, Wagner won eight National League batting titles and finished his career with a .328 batting average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in its inaugural class of 1936.
#1 - Roberto Clemente (1955-1972) - A true baseball legend, Clemente is considered one of the greatest players of all time. He was a 15-time All-Star, won the National League MVP award in 1966, and had a career batting average of .317. He was also a Gold Glove winner for 13 consecutive seasons, and was known for his strong arm and defensive abilities in right field. He died in a plane crash in 1972 while on a humanitarian mission to Nicaragua.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have had a rich history of great players over the years, from Hall of Famers like Honus Wagner and Roberto Clemente, to modern stars like Andrew McCutchen and Barry Bonds. These 10 players have left an indelible mark on the franchise, and will always be remembered as some of the best to ever wear a Pirates uniform.