Around since 1882, the Pittsburgh Pirates have one of the longest and richest histories in baseball. While the team has dealt with major struggles for the better part of the last two decades, the franchise as a whole has witnessed 20 players reach the 100 home run mark in a Pirates’ uniform. The Pittsburgh Pirates all-time home run leaders include a trio of Hall of Famers who have amassed more than 1,000 homers between them.
1. Willie Stargell: 475 home runs
The Pittsburgh Pirates all-time home run leader is first baseman and outfielder Willie Stargell who gave 21 brilliant seasons to the Pirates en route to enshrinement in Cooperstown. From 1964 to 1976, Stargell put together a string of 13 consecutive seasons with at least 20 home runs. He had his best years in 1971 and 1973 with 48 and 44 homers respectively, leading the NL in each season. Few players can claim to have won an MVP Award in their 18th seasons, but Stargell did just that in 1979 when he hit 32 home runs to help the Pirates win their last World Series.
2. Ralph Kiner: 301 home runs
During his playing days, outfielder Ralph Kiner was the greatest power-hitter in the National League. Today, he remains second on the list of Pittsburgh Pirates all-time home run leaders. Kiner led the NL in home runs for a ridiculous seven straight seasons to start his career, all in Pittsburgh. He hit 40-plus home runs for five of those seasons and he topped the 50 mark twice, peaking with 54 homers in 1949.
3. Roberto Clemente: 240 home runs
One of the most iconic players in baseball history, Roberto Clemente ranks among the Pittsburgh Pirates all-time home run leaders. Clemente played his entire 18-year Major League career in Pittsburgh. A member of the 3,000 hit club, he wasn’t known as a home run hitter, but his longevity with the Pirates helped him climb their leader board. Clemente was a perennial All-Star, hitting double-digit home runs in every season from 1960 to 1972. He posted a career high 29 homers in 1966 en route to his NL MVP Award.
4. Barry Bonds: 176 home runs
The Major League home run king, Barry Bonds ranks fourth among Pittsburgh Pirates all-time home run leaders. Barry Bonds was drafted by the Pirates and he developed into an elite player in his seven seasons with the team. Bonds won two of his six NL MVP Awards in Pittsburgh, hitting 33 home runs in 1990 and 34 homers in 1992. Bonds added 586 home runs with the Giants to finish with a Major League record 762 for his career.
5. Dave Parker: 166 home runs
Right fielder Dave Parker spent his first 11 seasons in Pittsburgh and remains one of the Pirates all-time home run leaders. Parker was the winner of the 1978 National League MVP Award when he had by far the best season of his Pirates career with 30 home runs, 117 RBI, and a league-leading .979 OPS. In total, he had four 20 homer seasons in Pittsburgh.