Record: 97-65, Finished 1st in NL Eastern Division (1971 NL)
World Series Champs
Managed by Danny Murtaugh
Ballpark: Three Rivers Stadium
On September 1st, the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates became the first team in history to field an all-balck lineup. It consisted of 2B Rennie Stennett; CF Gene Clines; RF Roberto Clemente; LF Willie Stargell; C Manny Sanguillen; 3B Dave Cash; 1B Al Oliver; SS Jackie Hernandez; and P Dock Ellis. The line-up was not the result of the stunt, but was a genuine attempt by manager Danny Murtaugh to field his strongest line-up that day (regular third baseman Richie Hebner, who was not black, was not available). The team went on to win the 1971 World Series over the Baltimore Orioles with all of the afforementioned players getting significant playing time.
 Further Reading
- Bruce Markusen: The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates, Westholme Publishing, Yardley, PA, 2006.
- George Skornickel: "Characters with Character: Pittsburgh's All-Black Lineup", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 40, Number 2 (Fall 2011), pp. 42-43.