The Pittsburgh pirates were originally known as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys. Lou Bierbauer signed with the team after the Philadelphia Athletics forgot to add him to the reserve list. Philadelphia called Pittsburgh's actions "piratical." The nickname stuck and in 1912 they were officially named the Pirates.
First MLB game broadcast on the radio
(August 5, 1921)
First World Series night game
(October 13, 1971)
First MLB team to have 20 consecutive losing seasons