Why Are the Pittsburgh Pirates Called the Bucs?

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are called the Bucs because it is a shortened version of "buccaneers," another word for pirates. The team is part of the National League of Major League Baseball and is based in Pittsburgh, Penn.

The Bucs play home games at PNC Park, and the team has won the World Series five times and lost twice. The team became part of the National League in 1887 and competed in its first World Series in 1903. The first World Series win came in 1909. In 1960, the Bucs won the World Series with a home run for the first time in the championship's history.