Cubs: Pirates' Biggest Rivals?

By William E. McMahon

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

The common belief is that the Cardinals and Cubs are each other's biggest rivals. As for the Pirates, who? For much of the history of baseball those two teams weren’t competitive, and now that they aren’t even in the same division, how can one call them rivals? But as the author studied the topic, the conclusion became more and more convincing. Let me propose a hypothesis: The Cubs and Pirates are each other’s biggest rival. A few years ago I mentioned . . .

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