Pittsburgh Pirates stories in the SI Vault

• The Unknown Home Run Hitter By Roy Terrell, July 28, 1958 The Pirates' Frank Thomas was an unspectacular ballplayer until the Dodgers and Giants moved west. Their friendly new parks helped make him the league's top slugger.

The Voice of the Pirates By Jack Mann, September 05, 1966Loquacious Manager Harry Walker exhausts his Pittsburgh players with continuing lectures on how to play the game, but his ear-weary team could win the pennant.

On The Lam With The Three Rivers Gang By Roy Blount, August 02, 1971 A melting-pot mob of cheerful rapscallions, Pittsburgh is escaping from the rest of the National League East. The Pirates were reminded last week, however, that they still can get cut off at the Bay.

Two Champs From The City Of Champions By Ron Fimrite, December 24, 1979 In these seasons of Pittsburgh's conspicuous content, that once "intolerably bleak" city hails Terry Bradshaw and Willie Stargell as singular heroes, as do we.

Rundown on the Pirates By Steve Rushin, May 04, 1992 Pittsburgh lost several key players during the off-season, but the two-time division champion hasn't missed a step.

The Meaning of Roberto Clemente By David Maraniss, April 10, 2006 Forty schools, two hospitals and scores of parks and ball fields, from Puerto Rico to Pittsburgh, carry his name. To understand why, you have to know how he died.

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