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. In 1971, the Pirates became the first Major League Baseball team to field an all-black starting lineup. 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.
Offered here is 1971 ONL (Feeney) Spalding baseball signed by 22 players of the Pirates World Series Champs Roberto Clemente ( MVP ; Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillén, Dock Ellis, Bob Moose, Dave Cash, Al Oliver,Steve Blass, Richie Hebner, Gene Clines, Bob Johnson, Bruce Kinson, Dave Giusti, Nellie Briles, Roman Hernandez, Jackie Henandez, Luke Walker, Vic Davalillo, Bob Roberson, Gene Alley, Frank Oceak, Don Leppert. All signatures grade 9-10 signed in blue felt pen.
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