With last night's 1-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, the losingest losers are losers no more.

Advertisement

For the first time since the Daddy Bush administration, the Pittsburgh Pirates are assured of a winning season. Let's celebrate by looking back at all the crap the Buccos put their fans through during their 20-year streak of consecutive losing seasons, the longest in the history of North American professional sports.

With so much to sift through, I'm sure I missed something. If you see anything I left out, please drop it in the discussion below. Ahoy:

Advertisement

Doug Drabek signs four-year deal with the Houston Astros (1992)

Barry Bonds signs six-year deal with the San Francisco Giants (1992)

Cam Bonifay hired as GM (1993)

Sponsored

Tim Wakefield's sad, sudden decline (1993)

All-star game at Three Rivers Stadium. The Bucs' lone all-star? Carlos Garcia (1994)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Fans shower field with plastic bats during post-strike home opener (1995)

Same home opener: The Expos score three runs on a bunt (1995)

Chad Hermansen projected to "walk on water." Chad Hermansen's career: .195/.255/.329 (1995)

Advertisement

Mike Kingery, age 35, everyday center fielder (1996)

Jim Leyland, blubbering mercenary (1996)

The high-water mark: 79 wins! Second place! (1997)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Former 2B Jose Lind gets pinched for driving while "extremely inebriated" and wearing no pants (1998)

Marc Wilkins breaks Jeff Tabaka's jaw in a fight over a card game (1998)

At shortstop, Kevin Polcovich: .189/.255/.245 (1998)

Advertisement

Jon Lieber traded for Brant Brown (1998)

Four years and $15 million for Pat fucking Meares (1999)

Actual headline: "Kevin Young signs Pirates richest deal” (1999)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Jason Kendall shatters his ankle (1999)

Peter Gammons picks Anna Benson's ex-husband to win the NL Cy Young Award (2000)

Six years, $60 million for Jason Kendall (career OPS+: 95) (2000)

Advertisement

Two-year contract extension for Mike Benjamin, age 34 (career: .229/.277/.339) (2000)

Former OF Al Martin pleads guilty to domestic violence in alleged bigamy case (2000)

Same day PNC Park opens, Willie Stargell dies (2001)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Same year PNC Park opens, Pirates lose 100 games (2001)

Dave Littlefield hired as GM (2001)

Seventeen days later, Littlefield trades Jason Schmidt, who becomes a three-time all-star (2001)

Advertisement

Year after PNC Park opens and Pirates lose 100 games, Pirates raise ticket prices (2002)

Derek Bell's "Operation Shutdown" (2002)

Ron Villone, Opening Day starter (2002)

Advertisement

Advertisement

"After he was ejected, [manager Lloyd] McClendon picked up first base and defiantly took it back to the dugout" (2002)

Drafting Bryan Bullington No. 1 overall instead of B.J. Upton or Scott Kazmir (2002)

Littlefield on draft day: "We feel comfortable projecting [Bullington] as a No. 3 starter" (2002)

Advertisement

Jimmy Anderson (5.17 ERA as a Pirate) somehow makes 89 starts in four seasons (1999-2002)

Chris Young (future all-star pitcher) traded to Expos for Matt Herges (2002)

Passing Bronson Arroyo through waivers, only to lose him to the Red Sox (2003)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Mike Williams and his 6.14 ERA, all-star (2003)

The Randall Simon sausage episode (2003)

Esteban Loaiza, traded in 1998 for Todd Van Poppel and Warren Morris, strikes out 207 hitters and posts a 2.90 ERA for the White Sox (2003)

Advertisement

Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton traded for a tin of Skoal and two sticks of stale bubble gum (2003)

"... people in the ballroom laughed as other clubs continued to take Pittsburgh's minor leaguers" (2003)

Raul Mondesi goes AWOL (2004)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Abraham Nunez (career .204 OBP and .222 SLG as PH) makes 62 pinch-hit at-bats (2004)

Phillies offer Ryan Howard for Anna Benson's ex-husband, Pirates turn them down (2004)

Anna Benson's ex-husband and Jeff Keppinger traded for Jose Bautista and Ty (.237/.298/.314 in two seasons) Wigginton (2004-05)

Advertisement

They got Benito Santiago! (He was 40. He lasted six games.) (2005)

"Now batting third, Tike Redman!" (2005)

Oliver Perez fights laundry cart, loses (2005)

Advertisement

Advertisement

$6 million for Jeromy Burnitz (2006)

$4 million for the return of Joe Randa, age 36 (2006)

Ryan Vogelsong's ERA in parts of five seasons as a Pirate: 6.00 (2001-06)

Advertisement

Jose Bautista's power peak as a Pirate: 16 home runs (2006)

Those hideous alternate red vests (2007)

Their own press release boasts of drafting the fifth-best pitcher with the fourth overall pick (2007)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Taking eight pitchers in 10 years in the first round of the draft, with only Paul Malholm having any real MLB success (1998-2007)

Ian Snell: "I fucking hate this" (2007)

The fan walkout that wasn't: "It ain't gonna make anyone forget Tiananman Square" (2007)

Advertisement

33-year-old Matt Morris and his $10 million contract acquired at the trade deadline (2007)

"Everything about [manager] Jim Tracy's stupid existence" (2006-07)

"I think only John Russell has nightmares about his [first win as a manager]" (2008)

Advertisement

Advertisement

This fucking game, which I attended. On my birthday. (2009)

20-0 (2010)

17-3 (2010)

Advertisement

36-1 (2010)

They fired a pierogi (2010)

$ (2010)

Advertisement

Advertisement

The "audible laughter" of Cubs fans (2010)

57-105 (2010)

#JerryMealsSaysItsSafe (2011)

Advertisement

The seven-error game (2012)

Getting no-hit by Homer Bailey (2012)

The "worst season ever" (2012)

Advertisement

Advertisement

"Hell Week" (2012)

Going 7-46 at Miller Park (2007-13)

100 highs and (mostly) lows (1992-2013)

Advertisement

Your keepsake list of every Pirates player to take part in The Streak (1993-2012)

And now it's over. Finally. At long last, proceed with the pennant race.


Photo: Associated Press; GIF via Captain Jolly Roger