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PIRATES TIMELINE
1887-1900 | 1901-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2001-Present
Timeline
1901  - Led by Honus Wagner, who hit .353 with 126 RBI, the Pirates win the National League pennant for the first time, compiling an impressive 90-49 record.
1902  - The Pirates go a remarkable 103-36, finishing 271/2 games ahead of second place Brooklyn, en route to their second National League pennant.
1903  - October 1 -- Deacon Phillippe defeats the legendary Cy Young as the Pirates down the hometown Boston Americans, 7-3, in the first World Series game in baseball history.

October 6 -- A crowd of 18,801 fills Exposition Park as the Pirates defeat the Boston Americans, 4-2, in the first World Series game played in Pittsburgh. Boston, however, later emerges as the Series winner, overcoming a three-games-to-one deficit to win the best-of-nine competition, five games to three.

1906  - May 6 -- The Pirates become the first team to use a canvas tarp to cover the infield when it rains.
1907  - September 20 -- Nicholas Maddox becomes the first Pirates pitcher to throw a no-hitter by defeating Brooklyn, 2-1, at Exposition Park.
1909  - June 30 -- An overflow crowd of 30,338 witnesses the Pirates fall to the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in the first game played at Forbes Field, the nation's first ballpark made completely of poured concrete and steel.

October 16 -- In a World Series showdown between two of baseball's premiere players - Honus Wagner vs. Ty Cobb - the Pirates down the hometown Detroit Tigers, 8-0, in Game Seven to become World Champions for the first time. The real star of the Series, though, is rookie pitcher Babe Adams, who notches three victories, including the decisive seventh game shutout.

1911  - October 12 -- Honus Wagner closes out the season with a .334 average, good enough to earn the "Flying Dutchman" his National League record eighth, and final, batting title.
1915  - Fred Clarke, who led the Pirates to four pennants, a World Championship and more than 1,400 victories as a player-manager, retires after 16 years at the helm.
1921  - August 5 -- KDKA, the world's first commercial radio station to schedule broadcasts on a regular basis, airs the first broadcast of a Major League game as Harold Arlin describes the action of the Pirates' 8-5 win over the Phillies at Forbes Field.
1925  - October 15 -- In Game Seven of the World Series at Forbes Field, Kiki Cuyler laces an eighth-inning, two out, bases loaded, double off Washington's Walter Johnson to lead the Pirates to a 9-7 victory and their second World Championship.
1887-1900 | 1901-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2001-Present