Pittsburgh Pirates / Raiders
LeaguesNational Basketball League
  • Pittsburgh Pirates (1937-1939)
  • Pittsburgh Raiders (1944-1945)
LocationPittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Pirates were an American professional basketball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team was one of the thirteen founding members of the National Basketball League (NBL), which formed in 1937.[1]

Franchise history

The team was founded in 1937 as one of the founding teams of the National Basketball League. The team never played in the playoffs in their three seasons on the league. From inception and through its first 2 seasons the team was named the "Pirates" until the franchise was inactivated from the summer of 1939 until the summer of 1944, reappearing as the Pittsburgh Raiders for a final season in 1944–45.[2]


Year Record Reg. Season Playoffs
1937/38 8-5 (.615) 3rd, Eastern No playoff
1938/39 13-14 (.481) 4th, Eastern No playoff
No team 1940-43
1944/45 7-23 (.233) 3rd Eastern No playoff


  1. ^ Grasso, John (2010). Historical dictionary of basketball. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810867635.
  2. ^ "NBL Standings". nbahoopsonline.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09.