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Sports Team
    (1920-1930)
    Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (USAHA, 1920-25)
    Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL, November 7, 1925-30)
    Philadelphia Quakers (1930-31)
    Third U.S. based team in the NHL
    Formally dissolved May 7, 1936
    Played at the Duquesne Gardens
    Hall of Famers: Lionel Conacher, Frank Frederickson, Mickey MacKay and Roy Worters
    They copped the name of baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates.
    The team was owned by a lawyer, James F. Callahan
    The team was in constant decline. Other than their third season, every season they finished worse than the year before.
    Their worst finish was their last one, winning only four games as the Philadelphia Quakers.
    They only won one playoff game in their entire history.
    Their arena, Duquesne Gardens only sat 5,000.
    The depression forced the Pirates to move to Philadelphia with a promise to return when a new arena could be built.
    After a season in Philadelphia, they suspended operations. For five seasons after that, the NHL Governors approved the right for them to return when they were able.
    In their first year of play, they finished as the top U.S. club, and third overall of the seven NHL teams.
    They are credited with originating changing players on the fly. Meaning that a player would come off while play was live and be replaced by a fresh skater.
    Rather than the NHL norm of replacing individual players when they were tired, they originated replacing all three forwards at the same time.
    They signed the highest salaried hockey player, Lionel Conacher, at $7,500 per year.
    They won their first game, beating the Boston Bruins in Boston, 2-1 (November 26, 1925).
    They beat Montreal Canadien goalie George Venzina (Vezina Cup namesake) in his last game, 1-0 (November 28, 1925).
    Boxer Benny Leonard bought the team (1928).
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 8 Votes: 87.50% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 13 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 7 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 27 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 13 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 32 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 30 Votes: 63.33% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 75 Votes: 64.00% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 103 Votes: 60.19% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 243 Votes: 68.72% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 236 Votes: 63.98% Annoying
 
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