On September 21, 1963 the Pirates were the first MLB team to have an African-American manager in Gene Baker, as he filled in for Danny Murtaugh.However, due to their long history in Pittsburgh dating back to the 1882 season, the team has retained a strong loyal following in the Pittsburgh region, especially among older residents.The nickname was first acknowledged on the team's uniforms in 1912.Around the time the team adopted the Pirates nickname, the United States Board on Geographic Names forced the city of Pittsburgh to undergo a controversial name change by having them drop the "h" at the end of the name, making the team's official name the "Pittsburg Pirates" from the adoption of the Pirates nickname until Pittsburgh was able to get the "h" restored to its name in 1911.After a run of regular-season success in the early 1990s (winning three straight East Division titles), the Pirates struggled mightily over the following 20 years, with 20 consecutive losing seasons from 1993 to 2012—the longest such streak in North American professional sports history—before posting a winning record in 2013 of 94–68, qualifying them for the NL Wild Card.They advanced to the NL Division Series round, where they lost in 5 games to the St. The Pirates made the playoffs in both 20, losing in the Wild Card Game both times.
During the period of two-division play (1969 to 1993), the two National League East division rivals won the two highest numbers of division championships, reigning almost exclusively as NL East champions in the 1970s and again in the early 1990s.
However, the Alleghenys also scooped up highly regarded second baseman Lou Bierbauer, who had previously played with the AA's Philadelphia Athletics.
Although the Athletics had failed to include Bierbauer on their reserve list, they loudly protested the Alleghenys' move.
After a slow period, they returned to dominance and won the 1960 World Series, 1971 World Series and 1979 World Series.
They won Eastern Division titles from 1990–1992 but did not return to the post-season after that until 2013.