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The 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 90th season for the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; their 85th in the National League. It involved the Pirates finishing first in the National League East with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses. They defeated the San Francisco Giants three games to one in the National League Championship Series and beat the Baltimore Orioles four games to three in the World Series. The Pirates were managed by Danny Murtaugh, and played their first full season at Three Rivers Stadium, which had opened in July the year before.

1971 Pittsburgh Pirates
1971 NL East Champions
1971 NL Champions
1971 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record97–65 (.599)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson (minority shareholders)
General manager(s)Joe L. Brown
Manager(s)Danny Murtaugh
Local televisionKDKA-TV 2
Bob Prince, Nellie King
Local radioKDKA–AM 1020
Bob Prince, Nellie King
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

In 1971, the Pirates became the first Major League Baseball team to field an all-black starting lineup.[7] That lineup, which took the field on September 1, was Rennie Stennett, Gene Clines, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillén, Dave Cash, Al Oliver, Jackie Hernández, and Dock Ellis.[8]

Season standingsEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 97 65 0.599 52–28 45–37
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556 7 45–36 45–36
Chicago Cubs 83 79 0.512 14 44–37 39–42
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 14 44–37 39–42
Montreal Expos 71 90 0.441 25½ 36–44 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 30 34–47 33–48

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1971 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 9–9 9–9 9–9 7–5 7–5 8–4 4–8 11–7 7–11 6–6
Chicago 7–5 6–6 5–7 8–4 8–10 11–7 11–7 6–12 9–3 3–9 9–9
Cincinnati 9–9 6–6 5–13 7–11 7–5 8–4 5–7 5–7 10–8 9–9 8–4
Houston 9–9 7–5 13–5 8–10 4–8 5–7 8–4 4–8 10–8 9–9 2–10
Los Angeles 9–9 4–8 11–7 10–8 8–4 5–7 7–5 4–8 13–5 12–6 6–6
Montreal 5–7 10–8 5–7 8–4 4–8 9–9 6–12 7–11 6–5 7–5 4–14
New York 5–7 7–11 4–8 7–5 7–5 9–9 13–5 10–8 7–5 4–8 10–8
Philadelphia 4-8 7–11 2–10 3–9 5–7 6–10 5–13 6–12 4–8 6–6 7–11
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 7–5 8–4 8–4 11–7 8–10 12–6 9–3 3–9 11–7
San Diego 7–11 3–9 8–10 8–10 5–13 5–6 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–13 4–8
San Francisco 11–7 9–3 9–9 9–9 6–12 5–7 8–4 6–6 9–3 13–5 5–7
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 4–8 10–2 6–6 14–4 8–10 11–7 7–11 8–4 7–5


Detailed recordsEdit

Game logEdit

Composite BoxEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 R H E
Opponents 79 60 80 54 56 60 83 70 49 1 2 2 1 0 1 2 1 599 1426 156
Pittsburgh 105 66 88 93 84 94 101 86 60 0 4 0 5 0 1 1 1 788 1555 133

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

PostseasonEdit

Postseason game logEdit

National League Championship SeriesEdit

The Pittsburgh Pirates won the series over the San Francisco Giants, 3–1

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Pittsburgh – 4, San Francisco – 5 October 2 Candlestick Park 40,977
2 Pittsburgh – 9, San Francisco – 4 October 3 Candlestick Park 42,562
3 San Francisco – 1, Pittsburgh – 2 October 5 Three Rivers Stadium 38,322
4 San Francisco – 5, Pittsburgh – 9 October 6 Three Rivers Stadium 35,487

World SeriesEdit

Composite boxEdit

1971 World Series (4–3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over Baltimore Orioles (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 6 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 0 23 56 3
Baltimore Orioles 3 2 3 3 7 2 2 1 0 1 24 45 9
Total Attendance: 351,091   Average Attendance: 50,156
Winning Player's Share: – $18,165,   Losing Player's Share– $13,906 *Includes Playoffs and World Series

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Manny Sanguillén 138 533 61 170 .319 7 81 6
1B Bob Robertson 131 469 65 127 .271 26 72 1
2B Dave Cash 123 478 79 138 .289 2 34 13
3B Richie Hebner 112 388 50 105 .271 17 67 2
SS Gene Alley 114 348 38 79 .227 6 28 9
CF Al Oliver 143 529 69 149 .282 14 64 4
LF Willie Stargell 141 511 104 151 .295 48 125 0
RF Roberto Clemente 132 522 82 178 .341 13 86 1

Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Vic Davalillo 99 295 48 84 .285 1 33 10
Gene Clines 97 273 52 84 .308 1 24 15
Jackie Hernández 88 233 30 48 .206 3 26 0
Bill Mazeroski 70 193 17 49 .254 1 16 0
José Pagán 57 158 16 38 .241 5 15 0
Milt May 49 126 15 35 .278 6 25 0
Rennie Stennett 50 153 24 54 .353 1 15 1
Charlie Sands 28 25 4 5 .200 1 5 0
Richie Zisk 7 15 2 3 .200 1 2 0
Carl Taylor 7 12 1 2 .167 0 0 0
Rimp Lanier 6 4 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Frank Taveras 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA BB SO
Dock Ellis 31 226.2 19 9 3.06 63 137
Steve Blass 33 240 15 8 2.85 68 136
Bob Johnson 31 174.2 9 10 3.45 55 101
Luke Walker 28 159.2 10 8 3.55 53 86

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA BB SO
Bob Moose 30 140 11 7 4.11 35 68
Nelson Briles 37 136 8 4 3.04 35 76
Bruce Kison 18 95.1 6 5 3.40 36 60

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Dave Giusti 58 86 5 6 30 2.93 31 55
Mudcat Grant 42 75 5 3 7 3.60 28 22
Bob Veale 37 46.1 6 0 2 6.99 24 40
Jim Nelson 17 34.2 2 2 0 2.34 25 11
Bob Miller 16 28 1 2 3 1.29 13 13
Ramón Hernández 10 12.1 0 1 4 0.73 2 7
John Lamb 2 4.1 0 0 0 0.00 1 1
Frank Brosseau 1 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 0

Awards and honorsEdit

League leadersEdit

All-StarsEdit

1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game[21]

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Charlie Sands at Baseball Almanace
  3. ^ Joe Gibbon at Baseball Almanace
  4. ^ Bob Johnson at Baseball Almanace
  5. ^ Nelson Briles at Baseball Almanace
  6. ^ Ramón Hernández at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ John Perrotto (August 14, 2006). "Baseball Plog". The Beaver County Times.
  8. ^ "Honoring First All-Minority Lineup". The New York Times. September 17, 2006. p. Sports p. 2.
  9. ^ "1971 Pittsburgh Pirates Schedule & Results". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  10. ^ Craig Reynolds at "Baseball Almanac"
  11. ^ Bob Miller at Baseball Almanac
  12. ^ Mudcat Grant at Baseball Almanac
  13. ^ 1971 Opening Day lineup at "Baseball-Almanac"
  14. ^ "1971 National League Championship Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  15. ^ "1971 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  16. ^ Babe Ruth Award winners at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ World Series MVP Award winners at Baseball Reference
  18. ^ Gold Glove Award winners at Baseball Reference
  19. ^ 1971 Batting leaders at Baseball Reference
  20. ^ 1971 Pitching Leaders at Baseball Reference
  21. ^ 1971 All-Star Game at Baseball Reference

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