Pirates/Reds To Add Another Chapter To Long-Standing Rivalry
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds have quite a history that dates back over 100 years.
The baseball teams from Pittsburgh and Cincinnati first started playing each other in 1882.
Back then, the Pirates were still called the Alleghenys and played in Exposition Park, near the future site of PNC Park.
But, it took nearly a century for their rivalry to grow into one of the most intense in Major League Baseball.
Older Pirates fans still sting from the deciding Game 5 of the 1972 National League Championship Series.
The Bucs had the lead in the bottom of the ninth, but Johnny Bench led off with a homer and later, the Bucs’ Bob Moose fell into Pittsburgh sports infamy.
The Pirates finally got their revenge in 1979, with an NLCS sweep.
The Big Red Machine is the more celebrated team, but The Lumber Company was its equal in the 70s.
Both teams won six division titles and two World Series.
The Reds and Pirates last met in the postseason in 1990.
More recently, some big moments have re-ignited the rivalry.
Michael McKenry driving in the first earned run allowed by Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, persistent accusations of pitchers throwing at batters and yes, even that Reds comeback last weekend.
It’s all part of the fabric of one of baseball’s best rivalries.
Now, it’s time to write the next chapter with tonight’s one game, winner-take-all, Wild Card game tonight at PNC Park.