Pittsburgh Pirates enter inaugural class 19 team Hall of Fame

PITTSBURGH – The Buccaneers finally have a famous squad hall, with 19 members as part of Saturday’s inaugural class.

Of the 19, 16 have already been consecrated in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. The ceremony was attended by the three members of the class: Steve Blass, Bill Mazrowski, and Dave Parker.

“We have 135 years of history, we have so many great moments, so many great players that we can officially celebrate it. I think we all thought, ‘They must have one already,'” said Bob Notting, owner of the Buccaneers. official it. It’s time to celebrate it. This is just one of those pieces that tell the amazing story of the Pittsburgh Pirates.”

Blass spent his 10-year football career (1964-1974) with the Pirates, setting a record 103-76. He is best remembered for his full game victory in Game 7 of the 1971 World Championship against the Baltimore Orioles.

In all, Blass has spent more than 60 years with the Pirates organization since signing a minor league contract in 1960 after graduating from high school. Since the end of his playing career, Blass has worked with the team as an announcer and community ambassador.

“I didn’t think of anything like that when I fell,” Blass said. “I just wanted to play Major League Baseball. In fact, I just wanted to graduate from high school and sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“It looked like it worked, but when I go back to it, it’s like a fairy tale. Everyone has a dream, but not everyone is lucky to live it. I’ve been lucky to live my dream, and I’m still living it.”

Mazeroski also spent his entire career with the Pirates, playing second base for 17 seasons (1956-1972). He took a home win in the bottom of the ninth game of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees.

Mazeroski played in 10 All-Star games, won eight Gold Gloves and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Parker spent the first 11 seasons of his 19-year career with Pittsburgh from 1973 to 1983. He replaced Roberto Clemente as the Pirates’ right-hander after Clemente died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972.

Parker was the MVP in the National League in 1978. He was MVP in the All-Star Game a year later when the Buccaneers last appeared in the World Series by defeating the Orioles.

The Pirates also featured Negro League stars Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard. They played with the Pittsburgh Crawfords or Homestead Grays. The three also signed honorary pirate contracts.

“The Negro Leagues have been an important part of baseball history,” Notting said. “I think it’s our responsibility to celebrate that legacy. These were also some of the greatest players of any era and any league. They were fantastic, fantastic athletes, and they deserve to be celebrated alongside our players.”