1971 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1971 Pittsburgh Pirates
1971 NL East Champions
1971 NL Champions
1971 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
General manager(s) Joe L. Brown
Manager(s) Danny Murtaugh
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince
Nellie King
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince
Nellie King
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The 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates season was a season in American baseball. 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.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

In 1971, the Pirates became the first Major League Baseball team to field an all-black starting lineup.[2] 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.[3]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 97 65 .599 --
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 .556 7
Chicago Cubs 83 79 .512 14
New York Mets 83 79 .512 14
Montreal Expos 71 90 .441 25.5
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 .414 30

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Roster[edit]

1971 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1971 Game Log (97–65)[4]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

Postseason game log[edit]

1971 Postseason Game Log (7–4)[4]
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Postponement
Bold = Pirates team member

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Sanguillén, MannyManny Sanguillén 138 533 60 170 .319 7 81 6
1B Robertson, BobBob Robertson 131 469 65 127 .271 26 72 1
2B Cash, DaveDave Cash 123 478 79 138 .289 2 34 13
3B Hebner, RichieRichie Hebner 112 388 50 105 .271 17 67 2
SS Alley, GeneGene Alley 114 348 38 79 .227 6 28 9
CF Oliver, AlAl Oliver 143 529 69 149 .282 14 64 4
LF Stargell, WillieWillie Stargell 141 511 104 151 .295 48 125 0
RF Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clemente 132 522 82 178 .341 13 86 1

Other batters[edit]

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
Davalillo, VicVic Davalillo 99 295 48 84 .285 1 33 10
Clines, GeneGene Clines 97 273 52 84 .308 1 24 15
Hernández, JackieJackie Hernández 88 233 30 48 .206 3 26 0
Mazeroski, BillBill Mazeroski 70 193 17 49 .254 1 16 0
Pagán, JoséJosé Pagán 57 158 16 38 .241 5 15 0
May, MiltMilt May 49 126 15 35 .278 6 25 0
Stennett, RennieRennie Stennett 50 153 24 54 .353 1 15 1
Sands, CharlieCharlie Sands 28 25 4 5 .200 1 5 0
Zisk, RichieRichie Zisk 7 15 2 3 .200 1 2 0
Taylor, CarlCarl Taylor 7 12 1 2 .167 0 0 0
Lanier, RimpRimp Lanier 6 4 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Taveras, FrankFrank Taveras 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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
Ellis, DockDock Ellis 31 226.2 19 9 3.06 63 137
Blass, SteveSteve Blass 33 240 15 8 2.85 68 136
Johnson, BobBob Johnson 31 174.2 9 10 3.45 55 101
Walker, LukeLuke Walker 28 159.2 10 8 3.55 53 86

Other pitchers[edit]

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
Moose, BobBob Moose 30 140 11 7 4.11 35 68
Briles, NelsonNelson Briles 37 136 8 4 3.04 35 76
Kison, BruceBruce Kison 18 95.1 6 5 3.40 36 60

Relief pitchers[edit]

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
Giusti, DaveDave Giusti 58 86 5 6 30 2.93 31 55
Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant 42 75 5 3 7 3.60 28 22
Veale, BobBob Veale 37 46.1 6 0 2 6.99 24 40
Nelson, JimJim Nelson 17 34.2 2 2 0 2.34 25 11
Miller, BobBob Miller 16 28 1 2 3 1.29 13 13
Hernández, RamónRamón Hernández 10 12.1 0 1 4 0.73 2 7
Lamb, JohnJohn Lamb 2 4.1 0 0 0 0.00 1 1
Brosseau, FrankFrank Brosseau 1 2 20 0 0 0.00 0 0

Postseason[edit]

National League Championship Series[edit]

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 Series[edit]

Main article: 1971 World Series
1971 World Series Program – Pittsburgh Pirates’ version

Composite box[edit]

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

Awards and honors[edit]

League leaders[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game[10]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Charlies International League Joe Morgan
AA Waterbury Pirates Eastern League Red Davis
A Salem Rebels Carolina League Tim Murtaugh
A Monroe Pirates Western Carolinas League Tom Saffell
Short-Season A Niagara Falls Pirates New York-Penn League Chuck Cottier and Dick Cole
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Ed Napoleon

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1970
NL East Championship Season
1971
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1972
Preceded by
Cincinnati Reds
1970
National League Championship Season
1971
Succeeded by
Cincinnati Reds
1972