Although the Pittsburgh Pirates got their start as the Pittsburgh Alleghenies in 1876, they were later renamed the Innocents in 1890. The funny thing is that this could still be there name today except for their dubious acquisition of a player from the Philadelphia Athletics in 1891 through alleged piratical tactics. Hence, some started calling them the Pirates and the name stuck. As far as my opinion on the charges against them in 1891? I think they’re innocent.