These Pirates have been plundering baseball booty for a long time. Pittsburgh Baseball Club owns and operates the Pittsburgh Pirates, one of the oldest and more storied franchises in Major League Baseball. The club joined the National League in 1887 as the Pittsburgh Alleghenies (renamed in 1891) and has won nine NL pennants and five World Series championships, its last in 1979. Pittsburgh's roster has included such stars as Bill Madlock, Willie Stargell, and Kent Tekulve. The team plays host at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Chairman Bob Nutting bought majority control of the Bucs in 2007.
Pittsburgh has seen home crowds dwindle over the years as Pirates fans have suffered through losing seasons since 1993. Following the 2007 campaign Neal Huntington replaced general manager Dave Littlefield. The team named Clint Hurdle as manager in 2010. Hurdle managed the Colorado Rockies to the World Series in 2007.
The changes came under the leadership of Frank Coonelly, who took over as president of the club after Kevin McClatchy (whose family controls newspaper publisher The McClatchy Company) sold majority control of the team to Nutting in 2007 and stepped down as CEO. McClatchy had led an investment group that bought the team in 1996 for about $95 million.