Friday, September 1, 2017

1971 Pittsburgh Pirates

24 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier for Brooklyn and over a year after the debut of the first real baseball uniform, the Pittsburgh Pirates made history once again, 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 second baseman Rennie Stennett, center fielder Gene Clines, right fielder Roberto Clemente, left fielder Willie Stargell, catcher Manny SanguillĂ©n, third baseman Dave Cash, first baseman Al Oliver, shortstop Jackie Hernandez and starting pitcher Doc Ellis. They made history wearing the Ultimate Baseball Look, pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants with a striped waistband, during the early days of the Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform.

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