Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

How Long Can It Last?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

How Long Can It Last?

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A Pirates timeline over the past 20 years against a timeline of world events

1992

October

NLCS Game 7. Atlanta. Sid Bream's slide. The winning of early '90s is over.

November

Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton wins the presidential election over incumbent George H.W. Bush.

December

Barry Bonds and Doug Drabek leave as free agents.

1993

February

Terrorists detonate a car bomb in the north tower of the World Trade Center, killing six people.

September

Lose 82nd game, starting a streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons.

1994

June

O.J. Simpson is arrested and charged for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simspon and her boyfriend, Ronald Goldman.

1995

April

A domestic terrorist attack at the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City kills 168 people

1996

February

Kevin McClatchy and investors buy the team for $95 million.

September

Jim Leyland leaves for the Marlins. The team hires Gene Lamont.

November

President Clinton is re-elected, defeating Kansas Sen. Bob Dole in the presidential election.

1997

July 12, 1997: Mark Smith homers to win Cordova-Rincon no- hitter.

August

Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in a Paris tunnel.

September

With a $9 million payroll, finish 79-83. It will be the high watermark for 20 years.

1998

September

Mark McGwire (70) and Sammy Sosa (66) break Roger Maris' HR record.

December

President Clinton is impeached by the House of Representatives.

1999

2000

September

Gene Lamont is fired and replaced by Lloyd McClendon.

November/December

Texas Gov. George W. Bush defeats Al Gore in a disputed presidential election that hinges on a few thousand Florida votes.

2001

April

PNC Park opens to rave reviews. The Pirates will lose 100 games.

July

General manager Cam Bonifay is fired and replaced by Dave Littlefield.

September

9/11. The world for so many Americans will never be the same.

October

The U.S. and allies go to war to overthrow the Taliban in Afghanistan.

2002

June

Bryan Bullington drafted with first overall pick. …

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