The "We Are Family" Pirates And The Anthem of '79

By Kellar Ellsworth
The "We Are Family" Pirates went down in history. (retrocards)

In 1979, the Pittsburgh Pirates rode the catchy tune, “We Are Family” by “Sister Sledge” to become one of the most unlikely champions in sports history. With a soundtrack bred by the ‘70s, the Pirates took themselves and the song to heights never before seen by either. Before Pittsburgh took off, “We Are Family” enjoyed a modest run of success. After it became the song of the summer, the album and single both sold over a million copies.

The unlikely hit also ranked as the second pop song on Billboard’s charts for the year. The good vibes of “We Are Family” imbued the city and team with a belief that anything was possible as long as they relied on one another.