A little Pirates Trivia

  • The first Pirate to hit the very first Home Run in World Series play in 1903 was Jimmy Sebring
  • The last time the Pirates won the World Series was 1979
  • The season home run record is held by Ralph Kiner who hit 54 in 1949’
  • The number 21 was retired by the Pirates and belonged to Roberto Clemente
  • Before moving regular-season play to Three Rivers Stadium, the Pirates played at Forbes Field, which was open from 1909 to 1970


McKechnie Field

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The field, which is named after Pittsburgh native and former Bradenton resident and Hall of Fame manager, Bill McKechnie, was built in 1923 - making it the oldest spring training ballpark in the country. And now, with a $10 million renovation, it’s never looked better while still maintaining the vintage ballpark look and feel. The Pirates began to call McKechnie home in 1969, lights were added in 2008 and the latest renovation increased capacity to 8,500 with standing-room-only space included.

Spring is the perfect time to visit Bradenton if you are a baseball fan. You might even see the mascot running around, sunning on the beach and greeting fans.

He’s hard to miss as you can see him here.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit Pittsburgh Pirates.

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