All of Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams wear black and gold, inspired by the city’s flag. The Pittsburgh Steelers have always worn these colors, while the Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins previously had different color schemes. The colors come from the family crest of William Pitt, Lord of Chatham.
Pittsburgh is among the only cities to have professional teams wearing the same colors. Each professional sports team, the Major League Baseball (MLB) Pittsburgh Pirates, National Football League (NF) Pittsburgh Steelers, and National Hockey League (NHL) Pittsburgh Penguins, from the Pennsylvania city has the same official team colors of black and gold . The color scheme is in reference to Pittsburgh’s black and gold city flag. However, only the Pittsburgh Steelers have always been black and gold. The Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team colors were red and blue from 1887 to 1947, while the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team colors ranged from blue and gold to red and gold from the 1920s through 1980.
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The black and gold color scheme of Pittsburgh’s sports teams comes from the family crest of William Pitt, Lord of Chatham, for whom the city is named.
In 1943, the Pittsburgh Steelers temporarily merged with the Philadelphia Eagles and became known as the Steagles due to the World War II shortage of football players.
The Pittsburgh Pirates set the record for longest losing streak, with 20 losing seasons from 1992 to 2012.