Perhaps a mocking nod to the accusations about plundering players, the Pittsburgh baseball team officially nicknamed themselves the Pirates for the 1981 season and, in a few decades, became a team that made two World Series appearances in the first decade of the 1900s. In 1912, the Pirates logo officially appeared on the team’s uniforms, cementing the “piratical” team as the celebrated Pittsburgh Pirates.
The history behind the Penguins franchise is intertwined with Pittsburgh hockey history as a whole. Influenced by financial crises, sports politics, and reconstruction projects, the Pittsburgh Penguins journey reminds us of the power of fan loyalty and Pittsburgh’s sports. The Pittsburgh hockey team is easily identified by its steel-proof marketing image: black and gold color scheme, the Igloo, the Iceburgh, and a name that originated with the fans.
The Pittsburgh Steelers. Known by their black and yellow and remembered for the Immaculate Reception, their Steel Curtain defense, and making history countless times. But why are they called the Steelers? Let's take a look at how football history blends with American history of the steel industry and its workers.