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The Pittsburgh Pirates were founded in 1882 and have been known as the Allegenys and the Pittsburg Pirates. The final namesake as it is now known was established in 1912.

The Pirates name derives from a feud between the team and the Philadelphia Athletics who claimed that the team's acquisition of Lou Bierbauer (who was not listed on the Athletics reserve list) was "piratical". Much like the A's adopted an elephant mascot to counter a Giants insult, the Alleghenys adopted the Pirate as a counter to the A's insult.

The team has won five World Series titles - 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, and 1979 but also carries a sports record of longest streak of losing seasons at 20.

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