50 YEARS AGO, HISTORY WAS MADE: Living members of Pirates’ all-minority lineup celebrated – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2021-09-17 10:55:56 –

The feat that occurred on September 1, 1971 has never been repeated

It sounds like a “universe,” but it’s a fact. In a major league baseball game, more people are walking on the moon than there are starting members who are entirely of color.

There was such a lineup only once in about 220,000 Major League Baseball games, with all nine players in black or Latin appearing. And that happened on September 1, 1971.

team? Pittsburgh Pirates.

Lenny Stenett. Jean Kleyn. Roberto Clemente. Willie Stargell. Manny Sanguillén. Dave cash. Al Oliver. Jackie Hernandez. And pitching, Dock Ellis.

These nine players (five blacks, four Latins) are making history when they enter the field in front of 11,278 fans at the Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh Wednesday evening. I didn’t know that.

Living members of the 1971 team of Pirates He was the first and only starting member of Manny Sanguillén, Al Oliver, Jean Clynes and Dave Cash. Roberto Clemente Jr. in the photo on the far right is the son of the pirate legend Roberto Clemente, who joined the 1971 lineup. (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook Sr.)

At that time, black players in Major League Baseball were nothing new. Jackie Robinson broke through the color barrier in 1947, showing that Robinson, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, and Elston Howard belong to one of the victorious African-Americans. I did. Next year’s league (US or national) MVP.

In the case of Pirates, the rule was black players, no exception. Combined with Latin players, the 1971 team often filled seven of the nine positions on the field with colored races on certain nights. So when Pirates Manager Danny Marteau filled out the lineup card on September 1st, 50 years ago, he introduced the best lineup available in the field. They all happened to be in the minority.

“At that time, we were unaware that we were making history,” said September 1, 2021, at the Heinz History Center, with other living members of the lineup, Sangieen, Kleines, and Oliver. Said in the forum. Clemente’s son, Roberto Clemente Jr., was also part of the panel. “But in retrospect, it’s something special and will be something special for a long time. I can’t be any more proud to be part of this team. Brotherhood, compassion, motivation. , Dedication, the labor ethics these people had. Winning the championship is not easy. You have to work, and we do every day to be the best we can. Did.”

Cash, Klein, Oliver, Stargel and Ellis were the black players in the lineup. Stargell died in 2001. Ellis died in 2008.

“Making sure you were part of something very special means more now, 50 years later than when it happened,” he played with the right fielder. Klein added. Kleines said the record was set to break, but 50 years later, other teams have yet to keep the starting lineup for all minorities.

Manny Sanguillén He was behind the plate as a catcher on September 1, 1971, the date the Pirates fought MLB’s first all-minority starting lineup. (Photo by Courier photographer Brian Cook Sr.)

And at this rate, it may never happen again. Baseball is becoming whiter because there are no better terms. In 1975, black players accounted for 18 percent of all major players. Fifteen years later, in 1990, the percentage dropped to just 17, but it’s still fine. That year, Black Players flooded the All-Star Game in Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field. Andre Dawson, “Wizard” Ozzie Smith, Tony Gwynn, Darryl Strawberry, Ken Griffey Jr., Rickey Henderson, and Pirates’ own Barry Bonds.

Fast forward to today, you need to “round up” to get 8% black players in MLB. With six black players on the 2021 All-Star roster, most black players in professional baseball today are outstanding players. But for each team, we’re lucky to have two African Americans on the 25 roster. Pirates currently has two black players on the 40 roster (the roster will be expanded from 25 to 40 in September) — rookie Ke’Bryan Hayes and outfielder Anthony Alford.

Pirates won the World Series in 1971. That’s something everyone remembers, and of course it is. But like fine wines, the history of MLB’s first all-minority lineup 50 years ago this month seems to be appreciated over time.

Roberto Cremont JR.

At an event at the Heinz History Center, Roberto Clemont Jr. said, “I’m sorry I didn’t really accept it (for now) because I believe MLB is as big as Jackie Robinson.” I drew a strict affirmation from. In the crowd.

Clemente Jr. was six years old in 1971 and saw his iconic father play in the left field on September 1. Normally, Clemente was patrolling with the right fielder, but on this day Klein played with the right fielder.

Pirates are great Al Oliver.

Oliver, known as the “scoop,” told the crowd that what stood out to him was “the loss of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. three years ago.” This is what he wanted and what we did in 1971 to bring us all together. We all started with spring training to bring the World Championships to Pittsburgh. The only way we were trying to do was to put them together, pull each other and help each other. We were a team that could hit anyone. You couldn’t ask for self-confidence, unity, and above all. “

In addition to hosting the event at the Heinz History Center, Pirates created a commemorative logo to celebrate the 50th anniversary, and the current team has a T-shirt with the logo before the September 1st match against the White Sox in Chicago. It was held wearing. A pre-match ceremony with live players in the lineup at PNC Park on September 6th.

Oliver, from forum organizer Rick Dayton of KDKA Radio, to explain his feelings about his position in history 50 years later, being part of the only minority starting lineup in MLB history. When asked by, he said:

Cash replied: “Incredible.”

Klein said: “Thank you.”

Sangien replied: “hope.”

And Clemente Jr. said: “Blessing. It is a blessing that these gentlemen are finally recognized.”

Living members of the 1971 team of Pirates It defended the first and only all-minority starters: front row: Manny Sanguillén, Al Oliver, Jean Klein’s. Back row: Dave Cash, left. Roberto Clemente Jr., depicted in the upper right, is the son of the pirate legend Roberto Clemente, who was part of the 1971 lineup. (Photo by Brian Cook Senior)

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