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50 Years Later, the Pirates’ Lineup of Color Still Resonates

50 Years Later, the Pirates’ Lineup of Color Still Resonates

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Roberto Clemente won two championships with the Pittsburgh Pirates, one when he was young and the other near the end of his brief life. For the first, in 1960, everyone else on the World Series roster was white, except for two teammates at the end of the bench. The second roster, in 1971, was much different.Fifty years ago on Wednesday — about a month before the start of a postseason he would make his own — Clemente found himself batting third in a lineup unlike any that had come before. For the first time in the history of the National or the American League, a team fielded a lineup that was entirely composed of people of color.“Roberto said to me, ‘Sangy, I never thought I’d see that in my life,’” said Manny Sanguillen, 77, the catcher that night. “He was proud to see nine guys playing, ...
Javier Baez and Cubs Baffle Pirates Infielders in Wild Play

Javier Baez and Cubs Baffle Pirates Infielders in Wild Play

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Baseball’s long history has allowed ample opportunity for wackiness. It is, after all, a sport in which the coaches wear the same outfits as the players, the action runs counterclockwise and stealing is not only legal, it is encouraged.Few moments in the sport, though, could top one that occurred in the top of the third inning on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, 28, once again proved that his nickname, El Mago (The Magician in Spanish), is a fitting one. And the Pirates, with a series of head-scratching miscues, enabled one of the zaniest plays in baseball history, leaving fans in disbelief even after multiple replays.“Only Javy disappears more on the basepaths than anyone I’ve seen,” Cubs Manager David Ross, who played in parts of 15 major league seasons, said a...