Pittsburgh Pirates

From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Pittsburgh Pirates fan.

Don’t wait to make your visit to Cooperstown to take the Hall of Fame Starting Nine challenge, as this program is only available through December 2021.


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Roberto Clemente: Retired #21 Jersey

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When the Pirates retired Roberto Clemente's uniform number 21 on Opening Day of the 1973 season, they also presented this game-used jersey to the Hall of Fame. Just months earlier, Pittsburgh's beloved right fielder perished in a plane crash as he shepherded relief supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua.

Harvey Haddix: Near-Perfecto Glove

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Harvey Haddix wore this glove when he came within inches of perfection, throwing 12 perfect innings of baseball on May 26, 1959. Although the Pirates southpaw ultimately lost to the Milwaukee Braves in the 13th, 1-0, his near-perfecto remains one of the most celebrated pitching performances in big league history.

Bill Mazeroski: World Series Helmet

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In the 1960 World Series, it was the bottom of the ninth in a tied Game Seven when Bill Mazeroski strode to the plate wearing this helmet. After seeing a first-pitch ball, the Pirates second baseman took the next pitch from Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry to deep left field, recording the first walk-off homer to end a World Series.

Andrew McCutchen: 2012 Season Jersey

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Winning his first Gold Glove Award and first Silver Slugger Award in 2012, Andrew McCutchen led his fellow Pirates teammates in most offensive statistics, including a .327 batting average, 31 homers, and 96 RBI. He wore this jersey in the final game of the regular season, collecting his National League-leading 194th hit.

Willie Stargell: 1979 World Series MVP Bat

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Willie Stargell used this Manny Sanguillen model bat during the 1979 World Series as he led the Pirates to their fifth Championship. Pittsburgh beat Baltimore in seven games, during which Stargell batted .400 and clouted three home runs. The first baseman was named the Series MVP for his efforts.

Rennie Stennett: 7-For-7 Game Bat

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Swinging this bat on September 16, 1975, Pittsburgh's Rennie Stennett became the first player to go 7-for-7 in a nine-inning game since Brooklyn's Wilbert Robinson in 1892. The Pirates second baseman collected four singles, two doubles, and a triple that game to help the Pirates in their 22-0 rout of the Cubs.

Honus Wagner: T206 Baseball Card

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Although Pirates great Honus Wagner captured eight batting titles, stole 723 bases, and played stellar defense at shortstop, he is perhaps most famous for this baseball card. One of the most-coveted "Holy Grails" among card collectors, Wagner's 1909-1911 T206 is scarce because when he discovered that the tobacco cards had been issued without his permission, he demanded its recall.

Paul Waner: NL MVP Medal

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In 1927, just his second season in the big leagues, Paul Waner was awarded this National League Most Valuable Player medal. The Pirates right fielder led the majors with 237 hits and topped the National League with 18 triples, 131 RBI, and a .380 batting average.

1901 Pirates Silver Trophy

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This silver trophy was presented to the 1901 Pirates by The Railroad Men of Pittsburgh for the franchise's first National League pennant. Led by future Hall of Fame player/manager Fred Clarke (inducted in 1945), the Pirates finished with a 90-49 record.

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