#8 | Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates were founded in 1881 and are one of the oldest franchises in all of baseball. The team has won five World Series and nine NL Pennants in their 137 seasons.

Many of those World Series runs were iconic in baseball history, including the 1960 World Series in which the Pirates beat the New York Yankees in seven games. The seventh game was won on a walkoff home run by Bill Mazeroski, the only walkoff home run in Game 7 of a World Series. “Maz” was a great player for a long time for the Pirates, but that one contribution is his most memorable moment. The 1979 World Series-winning team is remembered as the “We Are Family” team after captain Willie Stargell had the team adopt the hit song by Sister Sledge as their theme song.

But when one thinks of the Pittsburgh Pirates, one name often rises above the rest: Roberto Clemente. One of the most respected men to have ever played the game, Clemente dazzled fans in Pittsburgh with his otherworldly throwing arm in the outfield and his magical ability with the bat at the plate. But he was so much more than a great player, Clemente was a renowned humanitarian and the first true superstar from Latin America or the Caribbean, opening the door for so many superstars that followed him. Every season the “Roberto Clemente Award” is given out to the MLB player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.

And when it comes to cards, there’s perhaps no card that’s more iconic or significant that Honus Wagner’s T206 card. See who else made the list below!

Cards of each player can be found on the Beckett Marketplace: Bob Friend, Jason KendallWillie Stargell, , Bill Mazeroski, Pie Traynor, Honus WagnerRalph Kiner (1997 reprint),  Andrew McCutchen, Roberto Clemente (1998 reprint), Paul Waner and Roy Face.

 

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