STEEL CITY SPORTS TIMELINE

1903

The Pirates play in the first World Series, losing to the Boston Americans (Red Sox) 5 games to 3 in a best of eight series.

1909

The Pirates win their first World Series in team history over the Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3.

1917

Legendary baseball player Honus Wagner retires from the Pirates finishing his career with a lifetime batting average of .328, 3,420 hits and 723 stolen bases.

1925

The Pirates win their second World Series title over Washington Senators, 4 games to 3.

1933

The Steelers (Pittsburgh Professional Football Club) joined the NFL, but originally considered the name Pirates to honor the baseball team they would share a stadium (Forbes Field) with.

1936

Honus Wagner is inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in its first class along with names like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

1960

After a sports lull and 35-year drought of professional championships, the Pirates win the World Series over the New York Yankees with a walk-off home run in Game 7 by future Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski.

1967

The Pittsburgh Penguins join the NHL as the “Next Six” expansion teams, which included the St. Louis Blues, Philadelphia Flyers, and Los Angeles Kings. 

The Penguins move to the Civic Arena, commonly known as “The Igloo” and would be their home-ice until 2010. It was the first retractable roof major-sports venue in the world.

1970

Forbes Field, legendary home of the Pirates, closes after its last season. A replica of the left-field wall and other memorials still stand in various locations throughout the city.

1971

Eleven years after their 1960 World Series win, the Pirates capture the title again with a victory in seven games over the Baltimore Orioles.

1972

Pirates great, Roberto Clemente, collects his 3,000th and last hit on September 30th. He would die in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 on his way to assist survivors of an earthquake in Nicaragua.

1974

Pittsburgh becomes “Title Town” with the Steelers winning four Super Bowls in 1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979.

1979

The Pirates win their fifth World Series title, again in seven games, over the Baltimore Orioles. Captain Willie Stargell, nicknamed Pops, won the National League and World Series MVP this year.

1984

The Penguins draft Mario Lemieux (first overall), who would become the greatest player in franchise history.

1990

The Pirates win three straight Eastern Division titles, but fall short in the National League Championship series to the Cincinnati Reds (1990) and Atlanta Braves (1991-92).

1991

The Penguins hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time defeating the Minnesota North Stars 4 games to 2.

1992

Penguins win it all again in a sweep over the Chicago Blackhawks (4-0).

2000

Mario Lemieux returns to the Penguins following a 3 1/2-season retirement due to health reasons.

2001

PNC Park is completed and opens as the new home of the Pirates.

Heinz Field is the new home for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

2005

The Steelers win their fifth Super Bowl (XL) with a victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Hines Ward is named MVP and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wins his first championship game in Pittsburgh.

2006

Mario Lemieux commits to final career retirement. The “Magnificent One” played 17 seasons, scoring 690 goals (10th all time), and 1,723 points (8th all time).

2008

The Steelers win their sixth Super Bowl (XLIII) over the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23; this is the record for most championships by a franchise in NFL history.

2009

Led by phenom, Sidney Crosby, the Penguins capture their third Stanley Cup in team history by defeating the Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3.

2010

The Consol Energy Center becomes the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2013

The Pirates end a 21-year playoff draught with three consecutive post-season berths. Unfortunately, they all ended in losses: St. Louis Cardinals (2013 NLDS), San Francisco Giants (2014 Wild Card Game) and Chicago Cubs (2015 Wild Card Game).

2016

The Penguins bring a fourth Stanley Cup back to the Steel City.

 

 

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Previously a contributing writer for Scout.com ‘Cuse Nation and a recent graduate from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He enjoys writing stories across digital platforms and producing podcasts. His FAN F1RST favorites include the Steel City 360 package and stories about sports hall of fames. An avid fan of Boston professional sports teams, he has had the privilege of attending Celtics NBA post-season games, the 2004 World Series, and seeing the Bruins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And whether in person or on TV, he enjoys watching Tom Brady slice up defenses on Sundays. The former Red Sox shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra, will always be his sports hero. Aside from his love of Beantown, his three favorite sports moments involve being present for his alma mater’s – the UAlbany Great Danes – first America East Conference tournament championship in 2006, their first NCAA Tournament game and near upset of #1 seed Connecticut that same year, and Peter Hooley’s game winning three-point to win the conference for the second time and advance to the NCAAs in 2015.

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