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Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball club based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the National League, and are five-time World Series Champions, in addition to the distinction of playing in the first modern World Series. The Pirates are also often referred to as the "Bucs" or sometimes the "Buccos" (derived from buccaneer, a synonym for pirate).  
The franchise joined the National League in its sixth season in 1887 and was competitive from its early years, winning three National League titles from 1901 to 1903, playing in the very first World Series and winning a World Series in 1909 behind Honus Wagner. The Pirates have had many ups and downs during their long history, most famously winning the 1960 World Series on a walk-off home run by Bill Mazeroski, the only time that Game 7 of the World Series has ever ended with a home run. They also won the 1971 World Series behind Roberto Clemente and the 1979 World Series under the slogan "We Are Family", led by "Pops" Willie Stargell. Overall the Pirates have won five World Series and lost two. The five that the Pirates won were all seven-game Series. After a run of regular-season success in the early 1990s, the Pirates have struggled more recently, with 18 consecutive losing seasons to date, the longest in North American professional sports.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Florida Spring Training MCKECHNIE FIELD
Capacity 6,602
Year Opened 1923; last renovated in 1993
Dimensions 335L, 375LC, 40C, 375RC, 335R
Surface Grass
Local Airport Sarasota or Tampa.
Tickets on Sale To be announced.
Address 1611 9th Street W. (17th Avenue West & 9th Street West), Bradenton.
Directions From St. Petersburg, go south on Hwy. 41, make a right turn onto 17th Avenue West and continue to McKechnie Field.

The Pirates have been training in Bradenton and playing games at McKechnie Park for 38 years. Though there has been baseball played at McKechnie Field since 1923, it's actually one of the newer stadiums in Florida spring training, as the facility was completely rebuilt in 1993. It's built in a Florida Spanish Mission style, with white stucco on the main grandstand. The design is like most spring-training facilities: there are box seats on the field side of a wide concourse, and bleacher seats on the other side of the concourse. The Pirates sell box, reserved bleachers, and general-admission seats. The reserved bleachers seats are shaded, which is an important consideration for all games.

McKechnie Field is a very basic park in other ways: it doesn't have a parking lot (all the available parking is street parking in the surrounding neighborhood), but as of this spring it has lights, so the Pirates can host night games. If you arrive at the ballpark early enough, you'll want to eat at Popi's, which is known for its Belgian waffles. Team officials and announcers have been seen at Popi's before home games.

No other teams play in McKechnie Field the rest of the year. And the Pirates don't actually train at McKechnie Field: the team trains at Pirate City, five miles away from McKechnie Field.

Spring Training History

The Pirates have been training in Bradenton and playing games at McKechnie Park since 1969; before that the Pirates trained in Ft. Myers from 1955 to 1968. Other spring-training homes of the Pirates over the years: Selma, Ala. (1900); Thomasville, Ga. (1900); Hot Springs, Ark. (1901-14; 1920-1923); Dawson Springs, Ky. (1915-17); Jacksonville, Fl. (1918); Birmingham, Ala. (1919); Paso Robles, Cal. (1924-34); San Bernardino, Cal. (1935; 1937-1942; 1946; 1949-52); San Antonio (1936); Muncie, Ind. (1943-45); Miami Beach, Fla. (1947); Hollywood, Cal (1948); Havana, Cuba (1953); and Fort Pierce, Fla (1954). The Bradenton Growers of the Florida State League played there in the 1923, 1924 and 1926 seasons.

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