List of Pittsburgh Pirates owners and executives

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the National League Central division. The team began play in 1882 as the Alleghenies (alternately spelled "Alleghenys"[1]) in the American Association. The franchise moved to the National League after owner William Nimick became upset over a contract dispute, thus beginning the modern day franchise.[2]

From the franchise's beginning, the owner and manager fulfilled the duties of the general manager. However, in 1946, Roy Hamey left his position as president of the second American Association to become the Pirates' first general manager.[3] The franchise's second general manager, Branch Rickey, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1967.[4] Hired in September 2007, Neal Huntington is the Pirates's current general manager.[5] Barney Dreyfuss purchased the franchise in 1900, bringing players including Honus Wagner and Fred Clarke with him from the Louisville Colonels, which he had previously owned. In his 32 years as owner, Dreyfuss built Forbes Field and helped to organize the World Series.[6] Dreyfuss was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008.[7] Robert Nutting served as chairman of the board from 2003 to 2007, at which point he became majority owner of the franchise.[8]

Table key

YearsSeasons; each is linked to an article about that particular season
DivDivision titles: number of division titles won by the general manager
PenPennants: number of pennants (league championships) won by the manager
WSWorld Series: number of World Series victories achieved by the manager
* Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Owners

Owner(s)YearsDivPenWSRef
Denny McKnight18821886[9]
William A. Nimick18871891[10]
William Kerr and Phil Auten18921899[10]
Barney Dreyfuss*19001932062[6]
Florence W. Dreyfuss19321946[11]
John Galbreath (99% 1946–82, 51% 1983–86),
with Frank McKinney, Thomas Johnson,
Bing Crosby (1%) and Warner Communications (48% 1982–86)
19461986633[12][13]
Pittsburgh Associates19861996300[14]
Kevin McClatchy19962007[15]
Robert Nutting2007–present[8]

General managers

#General managerYearsDivPenWS
1Denny McKnight1882-1886
2Edmund C. Converse1884-1887
3William A. Nimick1887-1890
4J. Palmer O'Neil1891
5William Chase Temple1892
6Al Buckenberger1893
7William Kerr1894-1897
8Bill Watkins1898
9William Kerr1899
10Barney Dreyfuss*1900-1932062
11William Benswanger19321945
  • Prior to 1946, the club presidents performed the current duties of general manager.
  • As the deceased owner's son-in-law, Benswanger officially served as "president and chief executive" but in effect was general manager for his mother-in-law owner.
#General managerYearsDivPenWSRef
12Ray Kennedy1946[12]
13Roy Hamey19461950[3]
14Branch Rickey*19511955[12]
15Joe L. Brown19561976, 1985522[16]
16Harding Peterson19761985111[17]
17Syd Thrift19851988[18]
18Larry Doughty19881992200[12]
19Ted Simmons19921993100[19]
20Cam Bonifay19932001[20]
21Dave Littlefield20012007[21]
22Neal Huntington2007–present[5]

Presidents

#PresidentYearsDivPenWS
1Denny McKnight1882-1886
2Edmund C. Converse1884-1887
3William A. Nimick1887-1890
4J. Palmer O'Neil1891
5William Chase Temple1892
6Al Buckenberger1893
7William Kerr1894-1897
8Bill Watkins1898
9William Kerr1899
10Harry Pulliam1900
11Barney Dreyfuss*1900-1932062
12William Benswanger19321945
13Frank E. McKinney1946-1950
14John Galbreath1950-1985333
15Malcolm Prine1985-1989
16Carl Barger1989-1991100
17Mark Sauer1991-1996200
18Kevin McClatchy1996-2007
19Frank Coonelly2007-present

Other executives

References

  1. "Pittsburgh Pirates History & Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  2. Finoli, Ranier 2003, pp. 2–3
  3. 1 2 Finoli, Ranier 2003, p. 463
  4. "Branch Rickey". The Hall of Famers. BaseballHallofFame.org. Archived from the original on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  5. 1 2 Langosch, Jenifer (25 September 2007). "Pirates hire Huntington as new GM". MLB.com. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  6. 1 2 Finoli, Ranier 2003, p. 472
  7. "Barney Dreyfuss". The Hall of Famers. BaseballHallofFame.org. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  8. 1 2 "Robert Nutting, Chairman". Front Office biographies. PittsburghPirates.com. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  9. Finoli, Ranier 2003, pp. 1–2
  10. 1 2 Finoli, Ranier 2003, p. 471
  11. Johnson, Vince (2 January 1947). "Benswanger, Out of Game, Relaxes By Writing History of Baseball". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  12. 1 2 3 4 Finoli, Ranier 2003, p. 474
  13. "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
  14. Finoli, Ranier 2003, p. 473
  15. Finoli, Ranier 2003, p. 476
  16. Finoli, Ranier 2003, pp. 465–66
  17. Finoli, Ranier 2003, pp. 466–67
  18. Finoli, Ranier 2003, pp. 467–68
  19. Finoli, Ranier 2003, p. 469
  20. Finoli, Ranier 2003, pp. 469–70
  21. Finoli, Ranier 2003, p. 470
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