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Sports Illustrated's "Baseball's Greatest" features six Pirates.



I recently wrote a FanPost on BTSC documenting Sports Illustrated's "Football's Greatest" book and how many Steeler players made the book. Sports Illustrated has now recently released a baseball version of that same book and the Pirates take up several spots.

You can also read my original BTSC post here:

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/8/24/4654956/sports-illustrateds-footballs-greatest-features-eight-steelers#comments

I recommend this book to anyone whose interested in this kind of stuff and its a great tool for debates and arguments. It's basically a book of top ten lists voted on by professional writers. It features the best players, managers, rivalries, games, etc. You can check it out here:

http://www.amazon.com/Sports-Illustrated-Baseballs-Greatest-Editors/dp/1618930559/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405046348&sr=8-1&keywords=baseballs+greatest

There is also a section at the end of the book of spots that didn't make the final ten but did get votes. Pie Traynor, Satchel Paige from the negro leagues Pittsburgh Crawfords, Roy Face, the 1992 pirate-brave game, Forbes Field, PNC Park and others are shown in here. Pie Traynor and Satchel Paige were mentioned as nearly making the list.

I will list the Pirates and the positions they are featured in who worked either their whole careers or a fair share of their careers in Pittsburgh but I still ask people look at the book because it features a lot of MLB history and well written and thorough descriptions of each topic.

Shortstops: Honus Wagner and Arky Vaughn both make it with Wagner at number one ahead of Cal Ripken Jr. and Derek Jeter and Vaughn takes number six behind Ernie Banks and Ozzie Smith.

Leftfielders: Barry Bonds and Willie Stargell both make it as Bonds takes number four behind Rickey Henderson, Stan Musial, and Ted Williams. Stargell takes number eight behind Joe Jackson and Carl Yastrzemski.

Rightfielders: Roberto Clemente and Paul Waner both make it with Clemente coming in at number four behind Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. Waner comes in at number ten behind Tony Gwynn and Al Kaline.

Games: The 1960 world series game 7 takes number five behind the 2011 world series game 6 and 1991 world series game 7.

Franchises: The Pirates took number ten behind the Braves and the Cubs.

Sluggers: Barry Bonds took number seven behind Willie Mays and Lou Gehrig.

Defensive players: Roberto Clemente took five behind Johnny Bench and Willie Mays.

Uniforms: The 1970 Pirates took four behind the 2012 Athletics and 1969 Expos.

Quotes: "He was so fast that he could turn off the lights and be under the covers before the room got dark"- Satchel Paige of the Pittsburgh Crawfords description of Cool Papa Bell at number six.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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