The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based major League Baseball club. The club has played in the Central Division of the National League, and are 5 time World Series Champions, in addition to the peculiarity of playing in the first modern World Series. The Pirates are also significantly referred to as the Bucs or sometimes the Buccos, which is derived from buccaneer.
Professional baseball is being played in Pittsburgh since the year 1876. The teams of that time were "independents", barnstorming throughout the area and they were not affiliated with any organized league, though the team did had salaries and were run as a business organization. In the year 1882 the strongest team in the area joined the American Association as a founding member. The respective team’s various home fields in the 19th century were in a then-separate city called Allegheny City, all across the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh. The team was listed as "Allegheny" in the standings, and was sometimes was also called as the "Alleghenys" which meant not the "Alleghenies", in the same generic style that teams from Boston, New York, and Chicago were sometimes called the "Bostons", the "New Yorks", and the "Chicagos" respectively. In the sports writing style of that era these teams were mentioned with the same names.