The Pittsburgh Pirates Go to the Movies

By Ron Backer

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

Small-market teams often complain about the unfairness of baseball’s financial structure. But when it comes to the movies, there can be no argument. At the cinema, big-city teams have disproportionately dominated teams from smaller markets, with one important exception: the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates have appeared in so many movies that they actually rival the Yankees in silver-screen dominance. Small-market teams often complain about the unfairness of baseball’s financial structure, contending that teams in large markets have disproportionate access to money to spend on players, giving them an . . .

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