With the Pirates finally surpassing 82 wins and clinching their first winning season since 1992, it got me thinking, of all the great teams we remember, which team, from all the professional sports in Pittsburgh, were the worst?
Believe it or not, none of the Pirate teams from the 20 season losing streak were the worst.
Here are worst teams in the history of Pittsburgh based on winning percentage.
1952 PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Season Record: 42-112. Winning Percentage: .273. Games out of First Place. 54.5
-No hitter on this team hit .300 or better (two pitchers did, though). [Baseball References]
-Never won three or more games in a row
-Had a 10 game losing streak
- Gave up 793 runs (average 5 runs per game).
1969 PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Season Record: 1-13. Winning Percentage: .071.
-Joe Greene, the teams draft pick that year, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
-Drafted Terry Bradshaw in the 1970 NFL Draft
-Final season playing at Pitt Stadium. Steelers returned the favor by letting the Panthers move into Heinz Field in 2001.
1983-84 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Season Record: 16-58-6. (Worst in the NHL)
Most of you know this story.
Some claim the Penguins tanked in order to land the number one pick in the 1984 NHL Draft. If they did (they probably did), than we should thank that '83-'84 team.
Mario Lemuieux was drafted and the rest is history.
If not for the last place finish, the Penguins might have been playing in a different city under a different name in the 90s.
Only good thing about that team were the gold jerseys they wore.