50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ALL-MINORITY LINEUP

On September 1, 1971, the Pirates proudly became the first MLB franchise to field a starting lineup that consisted of all Black and Latino players. The all-minority starting nine broke one of the most significant racial barriers in baseball since Jackie Robinson’s historical Major League debut 24 years prior. The nine players in the lineup were: Rennie Stennett (2B), Gene Clines (CF), Roberto Clemente (RF), Willie Stargell (LF), Manny Sanguillen (C), Dave Cash (3B), Al Oliver (1B), Jackie Hernandez (SS), and Dock Ellis (RHP).

LIVE PANEL DISCUSSION

The Pirates celebrated this historic moment in sports history by hosting an in-depth panel discussion Wednesday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heinz History Center. The panel featured four members of the historic lineup including Cash, Clines, Oliver and Sanguillen, along with Roberto Clemente Jr. KDKA Radio celebrity Rick Dayton hosted the hour-long discussion.

If you missed the live event, you can watch the full video above.

THE GAME THAT CHANGED BASEBALL

PIRATES CHARITES AUCTION

Pirates Charities is auctioning off jerseys autographed by the four (4) living members of this historic lineup: Dave Cash, Gene Clines, Al Oliver, and Manny Sanguillen. All proceeds from this auction will support the Pirates RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) Program which operates with a mission to increase participation and diversity in the games of baseball and softball with a focus on the underserved and under-represented. Over 1,500 boys and girls ages 9-18 participate in the Pirates RBI with funding support from Pirates Charities.

Thank you for your support! The auction ended September 6 at 5 p.m.

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