1979 World Series

The 1979 World Series was the 76th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series and the conclusion of the 1979 Major League Baseball season. A best-of-seven playoff, it was played between the National League (NL) champion Pittsburgh Pirates (98–64) and the American League (AL) champion Baltimore Orioles (102–57), with the Pirates becoming the fourth team in World Series history to come back from a three games to one deficit to win the Series in seven games. This marked the second time in the 1970s the Pirates won a World Series Game 7 on the road against Baltimore Orioles, the previous time being in the 1971 World Series. The Pirates were famous for adopting Sister Sledge's hit anthem "We Are Family" as their theme song.

Willie Stargell, pitcher Bruce Kison, and catcher Manny Sanguillén were the only players left over from the Pirates team that defeated the Orioles in the 1971 World Series, and Orioles' pitcher Jim Palmer, shortstop Mark Belanger, and manager Earl Weaver were the only remaining Orioles from the 1971 team. Grant Jackson pitched for the Orioles in the 1971 series and for the Pirates in the 1979 series.

In this Series, it was the American League team's "turn" to play by National League rules, meaning no designated hitter and the Orioles' pitchers would have to bat. While this resulted in Tim Stoddard getting his first major league hit and RBI in Game 4, overall, it hurt the Orioles because Lee May, their designated hitter for much of the season and a key part of their offense, was only able to bat three times in the whole series.

Willie Stargell, the series MVP, hit .400 with a record seven extra-base hits and matched Reggie Jackson's record of 25 total bases, set in 1977.

The 1979 Pirates were the last team to win Game 7 of a World Series on the road until the San Francisco Giants defeated the Royals in Kansas City to win Game 7 of the 2014 Series. [1] With the Steelers having already won Super Bowl XIII, Pittsburgh also became the second city to win both the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year, with the New York Jets and the New York Mets winning titles in 1969. New York repeated the feat in 1986 (New York Mets and New York Giants), as did the New England area in the 2004 season (Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots) and the 2018 season (Red Sox and Patriots).

1979 World Series
1979 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Pittsburgh Pirates (4) Chuck Tanner 98–64, .605, GA: 2
Baltimore Orioles (3) Earl Weaver 102–57, .642, GA: 8
DatesOctober 10–17
MVPWillie Stargell (Pittsburgh)
UmpiresJerry Neudecker (AL), Bob Engel (NL), Russ Goetz (AL), Paul Runge (NL), Jim McKean (AL), Terry Tata (NL)
Hall of FamersPirates: Bert Blyleven, Willie Stargell
Orioles: Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson (coach), Earl Weaver (manager)
ALCSBaltimore Orioles over California Angels (3–1)
NLCSPittsburgh Pirates over Cincinnati Reds (3–0)
Broadcast
TelevisionABC
TV announcersKeith Jackson (Games 1–2, 6–7), Al Michaels (Games 3–5), Howard Cosell and Don Drysdale
RadioCBS
Radio announcersVin Scully and Sparky Anderson
World Series

Background

Baltimore Orioles

These same two teams met in 1971. Earl Weaver's Orioles had won the first two games of that series only to lose to Danny Murtaugh's Pirates in seven. This time Pittsburgh manager Chuck Tanner was looking to win a Series of his own. Gone were the likes of slugger Boog Powell and defensive wizard Brooks Robinson—shortstop Mark Belanger and pitcher Jim Palmer were the only two remaining players from the 1971 roster. A young (23-year-old) "Steady Eddie" Murray was a staple at first-base and an emerging superstar. The only other real "star" hitter on the team was right-fielder Ken Singleton who set career highs in home runs, 35, and runs batted in, 111, in the regular season. Center fielder Al Bumbry provided the speed, 37 swipes, and outfielder Gary Roenicke and third-baseman Doug DeCinces provided some additional power. The talented pitching staff was captained by veteran catcher Rick Dempsey. The starters were led by 1979 Cy Young Award winner Mike Flanagan (23–9, 3.08), Scott McGregor (13–6, 3.35), Steve Stone (11–7, 3.77) and Jim Palmer (10–6, 3.30). The bullpen helped with 30 wins against only 13 losses led by Don Stanhouse (7–3, 21 saves) and Tippy Martinez (10–3, 2.88). The Orioles won the American League East rather easily, finishing eight games ahead of the second place Milwaukee Brewers.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On the other hand, these Pittsburgh Pirates struggled early in the season, eventually winning the National League East by just two games over the Montreal Expos. Only after getting infielders, Tim Foli (from the New York Mets) and Bill Madlock (from the San Francisco Giants), did the Pirates start winning consistently. The great Roberto Clemente had inspired the 1971 team toward the title and the key ingredient to this team was his successor and spiritual leader, 38-year-old Willie "Pops" Stargell. His clubhouse demeanor, a simple good-heartedness and friendly manner, helped keep the Pirates loose during a tight divisional race with a surprise sweep of the always powerful Cincinnati Reds in the League Championship Series.

The Bucs lineup featured the National League leader in stolen bases, Omar Moreno with 77; team runs batted in leader, Dave Parker with 98, and two-time batting champion, Bill Madlock (1975, 1976). Madlock would add two more batting titles in 1981 and 1983. The pitching staff was a ragtag bunch led by the "Candy-Man" John Candelaria's fourteen wins (nine losses), with five other pitchers winning ten or more games. The tall and lean Kent Tekulve had 31 saves, good for second in the league, while winning ten games.

"Pops" Stargell would hit three home runs in this series becoming the oldest player to win both the regular season MVP and the World Series MVP. His "Family" would persevere after losing three out of the first four games, giving Earl Weaver and his Orioles a déjà vu nightmare when the Bucs came back to win in seven games.

Summary

NL Pittsburgh Pirates (4) vs. AL Baltimore Orioles (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 10 Pittsburgh Pirates – 4, Baltimore Orioles – 5 Memorial Stadium 3:18 53,735[2] 
2 October 11 Pittsburgh Pirates – 3, Baltimore Orioles – 2 Memorial Stadium 3:13 53,739[3] 
3 October 12 Baltimore Orioles – 8, Pittsburgh Pirates – 4 Three Rivers Stadium 2:51 50,848[4] 
4 October 13 Baltimore Orioles – 9, Pittsburgh Pirates – 6 Three Rivers Stadium 3:48 50,883[5] 
5 October 14 Baltimore Orioles – 1, Pittsburgh Pirates – 7 Three Rivers Stadium 2:54 50,920[6] 
6 October 16 Pittsburgh Pirates – 4, Baltimore Orioles – 0 Memorial Stadium 2:30 53,739[7] 
7 October 17 Pittsburgh Pirates – 4, Baltimore Orioles – 1 Memorial Stadium 2:54 53,733[8]

Matchups

Game 1

Wednesday, October 10, 1979 8:30 pm (ET) at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 11 3
Baltimore 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 5 6 3
WP: Mike Flanagan (1–0)   LP: Bruce Kison (0–1)
Home runs:
PIT: Willie Stargell (1)
BAL: Doug DeCinces (1)

Game 1 was originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 9 but was postponed due to a wintry mix of rain and snow.[9] When it was played the following night, the first-pitch temperature of 41 °F (5 °C) was the coldest in the history of the Fall Classic until it was eclipsed 18 years later in Game 4 of the 1997 World Series. A steady rain that fell throughout the contest also factored into the six total errors, three committed by each team.[10] All five Orioles runs were scored in the first inning; two on a throwing error by second baseman Phil Garner, followed by one on a wild pitch by starter Bruce Kison and the final two on a Doug DeCinces home run. A pair of RBIs each for Garner (two-out single in the sixth) and Willie Stargell (groundout in the fourth, leadoff homer in the eighth) sparked a Pirates comeback that fell a run short.

Game 2

Thursday, October 11, 1979 8:30 pm (ET) at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 2
Baltimore 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 1
WP: Don Robinson (1–0)   LP: Don Stanhouse (0–1)   Sv: Kent Tekulve (1)
Home runs:
PIT: None
BAL: Eddie Murray (1)

This time, the Pirates struck first with two in the second on an RBI single by Bill Madlock and a sacrifice fly by catcher Ed Ott. The Orioles countered in the bottom half of the inning with an Eddie Murray homer. Murray would also tie the game in the sixth by doubling in Ken Singleton. Murray tried to put the Orioles ahead in the same inning by tagging and attempting to score on a line-out to right by John Lowenstein, but Dave Parker threw him out easily. Making the decision to send Murray was made that much more odd by the fact that Parker's throw to the plate arrived well ahead of him. Murray tried to bowl Ott over at the plate, but the stocky Ott held fast, staying on his feet.

Murray also made a questionable base running decision in the eighth. With Murray on second and Doug DeCinces on first with no outs, Lowenstein grounded to shortstop Tim Foli. Murray strangely stopped instead of running out the force play. Foli attempted a tag which Murray eluded, and then threw to Phil Garner at second to force DeCinces. Murray's hesitation allowed Garner to throw to third and catch him in a rundown. Murray slowed up returning to second when he should have sped back since he was entitled to the base with DeCinces being forced out.

Murray would not collect another hit or RBI for the rest of the Series.

In the ninth, after a two-out single by Ott and a walk to Garner, Manny Sanguillén pinch-hit for Don Robinson and hacked a high and outside fastball from Don Stanhouse into right for a single. Ott barely slid past the outstretched arms of catcher Rick Dempsey to score the winning run, after Murray had questionably cut-off a strong throw from RF Ken Singleton. Kent Tekulve retired the side in the ninth for the save.

Game 3

Friday, October 12, 1979 8:30 pm (ET) at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0 8 13 0
Pittsburgh 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 9 2
WP: Scott McGregor (1–0)   LP: John Candelaria (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: Benny Ayala (1)
PIT: None

The Pirates jumped out to an early 3–0 lead on a Dave Parker sacrifice fly in the first and a one-out, two-run double by Garner in the second. A Benny Ayala one-out, two-run homer cut the Orioles' deficit to one just before a 67-minute rain delay in the middle of the third inning. The Orioles seized the momentum after play resumed by scoring five runs in the fourth, highlighted by a Kiko Garcia bases-loaded triple that chased Pirates starter John Candelaria from the game along with an RBI single by Ken Singleton and groundout by Doug DeCinces off of Enrique Romo. Garcia added a two-out RBI single in the seventh, finishing the evening going 4-for-4 with four RBI. Scott McGregor allowed only run other run after the second (on Bill Madlock's RBI single in the sixth after a Willie Stargell double) and pitched a complete game to give the Orioles a 2–1 series lead.

Game 4

Saturday, October 13, 1979 1:00 pm (ET) at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 9 12 0
Pittsburgh 0 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 17 1
WP: Tim Stoddard (1–0)   LP: Kent Tekulve (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: None
PIT: Willie Stargell (2)

The Pirates seized an early 4–0 lead in the second on a leadoff homer by Stargell, a two-run double by Ott and an Omar Moreno two-out RBI single. The first two were among five straight hits that effectively ended starter Dennis Martínez's afternoon. The Orioles countered with three runs in the third off Jim Bibby on consecutive one-out doubles by Garcia (2 RBI) and Ken Singleton. The Pirates stretched their lead to 6–3 on RBI doubles by John Milner and Parker in the fifth and sixth innings respectively.

In the eighth, Earl Weaver once again showed some strategic genius. With one out and the bases loaded, Pirates manager Chuck Tanner sent in submarining relief ace Kent Tekulve to face right-handed hitting Gary Roenicke. Weaver countered by pinch-hitting lefty John Lowenstein, figuring the lefty would be better able to hit Tekulve's sidewhip pitches. Lowenstein made the move pay off by slamming a two-run double. After a walk loaded the bases again, Weaver sent another lefty hitter, Terry Crowley, to bat for Dave Skaggs. Crowley smashed another two-run double off Tekulve to give the Orioles the lead. To add insult to injury, pitcher Tim Stoddard, batting because Weaver was out of pinch hitters at that point, followed with an RBI single. An RBI force-out by Bumbry ended the scoring.

Game 5

Sunday, October 14, 1979 4:30 pm (ET) at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 2
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 X 7 13 1
WP: Bert Blyleven (1–0)   LP: Mike Flanagan (1–1)

With a world championship on the line and Game 1 starter Bruce Kison injured, Chuck Tanner decided to go with little-used veteran left-hander Jim Rooker as his starter. He would let Rooker go as long as possible, then bring in Bert Blyleven to finish, saving his two best pitchers, sore-shouldered John Candelaria and Jim Bibby for Games 6 and 7, if played. The risky move more than paid off as Rooker gave Tanner five good innings, holding the Orioles to one run in the fifth when Gary Roenicke scored on a double play grounder. The Pirate bats finally came alive against Mike Flanagan in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Willie Stargell and an RBI single by Bill Madlock. The Pirates added two more in the seventh on a RBI triple by Tim Foli and a RBI double by Dave Parker, and then three more in the eighth on a RBI single by Phil Garner and a two-run single by Foli. Thanks to the unexpected performance from Rooker, a 4-for-4 day from Madlock, and Foli's three RBIs, the Pirates had staved off defeat.

Chuck Tanner's mother died the morning of Game 5 (this was mentioned during the telecast by announcer Howard Cosell). 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski threw out the first ball in Game 5, which would be Three Rivers Stadium's final World Series game and, to date, the last World Series game played in Pittsburgh.

Game 6

Tuesday, October 16, 1979 8:30 pm (ET) at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 10 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
WP: John Candelaria (1–1)   LP: Jim Palmer (0–1)   Sv: Kent Tekulve (2)

Back home at Memorial Stadium, local baseball coach Mary Dobkin threw out the ceremonial first pitch.[11] The Oriole bats continued to be unexpectedly cold as John Candelaria and Jim Palmer locked into a scoreless duel through six innings. Dave Parker broke the ice with a RBI single in the seventh, followed by a Stargell sacrifice fly. The Pirates added two more runs in the eighth on a Bill Robinson sac fly and a RBI single by Omar Moreno.

After the game Howard Cosell in his limo was surrounded and attacked by angry Oriole fans with shaving cream, which prompted Baltimore police to complement his private security for Game 7.[12]

Game 7

Wednesday, October 17, 1979 8:30 pm (ET) at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 10 0
Baltimore 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
WP: Grant Jackson (1–0)   LP: Scott McGregor (1–1)   Sv: Kent Tekulve (3)
Home runs:
PIT: Willie Stargell (3)
BAL: Rich Dauer (1)

The Pirates capped an amazing comeback on the strength of Willie Stargell, who went 4 for 5 with a single, two doubles, and a towering two-run homer in the sixth off Scott McGregor. McGregor pitched eight solid innings in a losing cause. For insurance in the ninth, Omar Moreno collected an RBI single, while another run scored when Dave Parker and Bill Robinson were hit by pitches back-to-back, scoring Moreno. Orioles manager Earl Weaver made five pitching changes in the ninth inning in an attempt to keep the game within reach. The O's only run came on a Rich Dauer homer in the third, the team's second RBI in the last three games. Significantly, Eddie Murray, the Orioles' main offensive threat, was 0 for 21 in the final five games of the Series, including a fly-out to Parker to end the 8th with the bases loaded (following an intentional walk to Ken Singleton). Following their six run outburst in the eighth inning of Game 4, the Birds scored only two runs on 17 hits over the series final 28 innings. Pirates reliever Grant Jackson got the win after 2 2/3 innings after relieving Don Robinson, who had relieved Jim Bibby who lasted four innings and allowed the lone Oriole run.

U.S. President Jimmy Carter made an appearance in Game 7—he threw out the first pitch—and after the game made a visit to the victorious Pittsburgh clubhouse. Prior to the ceremonial first pitch, the United States Army Field Band played the National Anthem, as they had in the finales of the Orioles' two previous World Series appearances. Pirates closer Kent Tekulve earned a save.

With the exception of winning the 2013 National League Wild Card Game this is the last postseason series the Pirates have won.

Composite box

1979 World Series (4–3): Pittsburgh Pirates (N.L.) over Baltimore Orioles (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 1 8 0 1 1 8 4 6 3 32 81 9
Baltimore Orioles 5 1 6 5 1 1 1 6 0 26 54 9
Total attendance: 367,597   Average attendance: 52,514
Winning player's share: $28,264   Losing player's share: $22,114[13]

Records

Uniforms

The Pirates wore four different uniform combinations during the series:

  • gold cap, black jersey and gold pants for Games 1 & 5
  • black cap, gold jersey and black pants for Games 2, 6 & 7
  • black cap and solid white pinstriped uniform for Game 3
  • black cap and solid gold uniform for Game 4.

The Orioles wore three different uniform combinations of their own:

  • white cap, orange jersey and white pants for Games 1 & 7
  • white cap, white jersey and white pants for Games 2 & 6
  • white cap, grey jersey and grey pants for Games 3, 4 & 5

Broadcasting

This was the first World Series in which the participating teams' announcers were not involved in the play-calling on national radio. (Network television had done the same in 1977.) For the '79 Classic, Vin Scully and Sparky Anderson handled the play-by-play work for the CBS Radio Network.

The Series was televised by ABC Sports, with play-by-play announcers Keith Jackson (in Baltimore) and Al Michaels (in Pittsburgh), and color commentators Howard Cosell and Don Drysdale. ABC's broadcast was also simulcast over the Orioles' and Pirates' respective local television outlets, CBS affiliates WMAR-TV in Baltimore and KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.

  • In 2006 a "collector's edition" DVD box set, featuring the complete ABC telecasts of all seven games, was issued by Major League Baseball and A&E Home Video.

Notes

  1. ^ Eagle, Ed (June 14, 2009). "Bucs honor Stanley Cup champ Pens". MLB. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "1979 World Series Game 1 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1979 World Series Game 2 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1979 World Series Game 3 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Pittsburgh Pirates". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1979 World Series Game 4 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Pittsburgh Pirates". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1979 World Series Game 5 – Baltimore Orioles vs. Pittsburgh Pirates". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1979 World Series Game 6 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "1979 World Series Game 7 – Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ Speciale, Christina. "First Measurable Snow," WeatherWorks, Sunday, October 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "Looking Back at the Coldest World Series of All Time".
  11. ^ "1979 World Series by Baseball Almanac".
  12. ^ "The Prescott Courier - Google News Archive Search".
  13. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2009.

See also

References

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 377–382. ISBN 0-312-03960-3.
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2209. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L. "1979 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com – Major League Statistics and Information. Archived from the original on December 17, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2007.
  • Associated Press (June 12, 2009). "Penguins win game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals". ABC 15. Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2009.

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This was the only ALCS between 1971 and 1981 that did not feature either the Oakland Athletics or the Kansas City Royals.

1979 Baltimore Orioles season

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It was the fourth time in the 1970s that the Pirates and Reds had faced off for the pennant; Cincinnati had won all three previous meetings in 1970, 1972 and 1975.

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The 2013 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2013 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 2013. The Pirates won by a 6–2 score and advanced to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Division Series. The game was televised on TBS, and was also broadcast on ESPN Radio.The game marked the first postseason appearance by the Pirates since 1992 and the Pirates' victory gave the team their first postseason series win since the 1979 World Series. This was the third postseason appearance for the Reds in four seasons. It was the sixth postseason meeting between the Pirates and Reds (the others being in the NLCS in 1970, 1972, 1975, 1979, and 1990). Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made his first postseason appearance since competing in the 2007 World Series as manager of the Colorado Rockies, while Dusty Baker fell to 0–3 in postseason appearances as manager of the Reds, a position from which he was relieved three days after the loss. The loss continued the Reds' postseason win drought, active since their last World Series championship in 1990.

Al Bumbry

Alonza Benjamin "Al" Bumbry (born Alonza Benjamin Bumbrey; April 21, 1947) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder who played for the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres from 1972 through 1985. Bumbry was the 1973 American League Rookie of the Year, and went on to be an All-Star and World Series champion. He is an inductee of the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Prior to his major league career, Bumbry served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Star.

Don Robinson (baseball)

Don Allen "Donnie" Robinson (born June 8, 1957), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, California Angels, and Philadelphia Phillies from 1978 through 1992. Nicknamed "The Caveman", Robinson's career record was 109–106 with a 3.79 ERA.

In 1978, as a 21-year-old rookie, Robinson won 14 wins with 6 losses with a 3.47 ERA. His won-loss percentage was second to NL Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry. Robinson was named The Sporting News NL Rookie Pitcher of the Year and was third in overall NL Rookie of the Year. He finished eighth in the Cy Young Award contest.

The next year, he went 8-8 with a 3.87 ERA. He also pitched in six postseason games, winning two and helping the Pirates to the 1979 World Series championship.

Robinson was regarded as one of the best-hitting pitchers during his time, winning three Silver Slugger Awards in 1982, 1989, and 1990. In 1990, Robinson became the first pitcher to hit a pinch-hit home run since 1971 against the San Diego Padres. He hit 13 home runs in his career. He compiled a .231 batting average (146-631) with 47 runs and 69 RBI.

Robinson was the recipient of the Hutch Award in 1984. On April 18, 1987, he gave up Mike Schmidt's 500th career home run. In 1990, pitching for the Giants, he lost the first ever no-hitter at Veteran's Stadium to the Phillies' Terry Mulholland, 6–0.

He made the World Series again in 1989, winning Game 3 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs to help the Giants get there. Robinson enjoyed a renaissance with the Giants: from 1987 to 1991, he was 42-33 with a 3.56, and started a majority of his 170 games with them.

Robinson's parents, Donald and Priscilla Robinson, reside in the city of Kenova, West Virginia, where Robinson served on the city council. Currently, Don Robinson is the pitching coach for the State College of Florida baseball team in Bradenton, Florida.

Don Stanhouse

Donald Joseph Stanhouse (born February 12, 1951) is a retired American professional baseball pitcher who had a nine-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career, from 1972 to 1980, with a brief comeback in 1982. He played for the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles of the American League and the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League.

Shuttled back and forth from the bullpen to the starting rotation with the Rangers and Expos, Stanhouse excelled in 1978 after joining the Baltimore Orioles, where Manager Earl Weaver employed him as a full-time closer. Because of his Harpo Marx hairstyle and pre-game batting practice antics – where his primal scream would entertain early ballpark arrivals – he was quickly labeled Stan the Man Unusual, a pun on the nickname "Stan the Man" for Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial.Stanhouse finished 3rd in the American League in both 1978 & 1979 in saves, recording 45 over that span, helping the Orioles capture the American League Championship in 1979. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1979.

Although an effective closer, Stanhouse had a reputation of walking batters he was not willing to face. Frequently his tactics would lead to dangerous situations in close games with multiple base-runners, and send the chain-smoking Weaver pacing back and forth in the dugout in agony. This resulted in Weaver nicknaming Stanhouse Fullpack, referring to the number of cigarettes consumed while watching him pitch. Weaver also was quoted in saying Stanhouse was an asshole, who ruined his health.Stanhouse left the Orioles as a free agent after the Orioles lost the 1979 World Series and signed a large guaranteed contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was ineffective for the Dodgers in 1980, appearing in 21 games and posting an ERA over 5.00. The Dodgers sent him home during the season. He did not pitch at all in 1981, after which his contract expired and he was not re-signed by the Dodgers. Stanhouse retired after a brief comeback with the Orioles the following year.

After retirement, he became a business consultant for a venture capital firm. Married for 27 years, and a father of three, he lives in Trophy Club, Texas.

Hal Fowler

Harold Arthur "Hal" Fowler (January 12, 1927 – November 7, 2000) was an American poker player known for winning the 1979 World Series of Poker Main Event. He is considered the first amateur poker player to become poker's World Champion.Fowler was born in Vermont and later lived for many years in Tulare, California. Before his WSOP victory, he worked as an advertising executive.

Jim Bibby

James Blair Bibby (October 29, 1944 – February 16, 2010) was an American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. During a 12-year baseball career, he pitched from 1972 to 1984 with the St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates, with whom he was a member of its 1979 World Series Champions. He pitched a no-hitter against a team in the midst of a three-year dynasty. Also, in 1981, as a member of the Pirates, he missed out on a perfect game by just one hit, allowing a lead off single, before retiring the next 27 batters he faced.

Kent Tekulve

Kenton Charles "Teke" Tekulve (born March 5, 1947), is an American former professional baseball right-handed relief pitcher, who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds. Pitching with an unusual submarine delivery, Tekulve was known as a workhorse relief pitcher who holds several records for number of games pitched and innings pitched.

Manny Sanguillén

Manuel De Jesus Sanguillén Magan, better known as Manny Sanguillén or "Sangy" (born March 21, 1944 in Colón, Panama), is a Panamanian former professional baseball player who was a catcher in the Major Leagues. He was named to the All-Star team three times, in 1971, 1972, and 1975. He played primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but also for the Oakland Athletics in 1977. With the Pirates, he won the 1971 World Series and the 1979 World Series, both over the Baltimore Orioles. Sanguillen's lifetime batting average of .296 is the fourth-highest by a catcher since World War II, and tenth-highest for catchers in Major League Baseball history.

Oakes Oval

Oakes Oval (known prior to 1957 as the Recreation Ground) is a cricket ground in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. The first recorded match on the ground came in 1934 when Richmond River Colts played New South Wales Colts. The ground held matches in the 1978 and 1979 World Series Cricket. It held its first first-class match in 1979 when New South Wales played Queensland in the Sheffield Shield. The next first-class match to be staged there came in 1991 when New South Wales played the touring Indians. A further first-class match was held there in the 2006 Pura Cup between New South Wales and Victoria. A single List A match has been played there, which came in 1992 when New South Wales played the touring West Indians.A single Women's One Day International was played there in 1993 when Australia Women played New Zealand Women.Other sports to be played at the ground include both rugby union and rugby league, as well as soccer. Oake Oval is also one of the home grounds for the NSW Country Eagles team that plays in the National Rugby Championship.

Omar Moreno

Omar Renán Moreno Quintero (born October 24, 1952) is a former center fielder who played from 1975 through 1986 in Major League Baseball. He was best known for his years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and was the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter on their 1979 World Series champion team.

Oxley Oval

Oxley Oval is an Australian cricket ground situated in Port Macquarie, New South Wales which hosted a 1979 World Series Cricket (WSC) match between the WSC West Indian XI and WSC World XI sides. The match, which began on January 2, saw a seven-wicket West Indian victory thanks largely to four wickets by Wayne Daniel and a score of 83 by Viv Richards.

Pat Kelly (outfielder)

Harold Patrick Kelly (July 30, 1944 – October 2, 2005) was an American Major League Baseball right fielder with the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians between 1967 and 1981. He batted and threw left-handed. He is the brother of Leroy Kelly, a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back.A native of Philadelphia, Kelly debuted with the Twins in 1967. He played in 20 games over two seasons with Minnesota before spending two years with the Royals.Kelly made the American League All-Star team as a member of the White Sox in 1973, during a season in which he hit .280 in a career-high 144 games. Some of his best seasons were as a clutch-hitting, platoon player for the powerful Orioles' teams of 1977-80, including an appearance in the 1979 World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kelly made the last out of the 1979 World Series, flying out to Pirates outfielder Omar Moreno.

Kelly finished his major league career when he hit .213 (16-for-75) in 48 games for the Cleveland Indians during the strike-shortened 1981 season.In a 15-season career, Kelly was a .264 hitter with 76 home runs and 418 runs batted in in 1,385 games played. He added 1,147 hits, 189 doubles, 35 triples and 250 stolen bases.Following his retirement as a player, Kelly moved to Towson, Maryland, and became an ordained minister for Lifeline Ministries. He died suddenly from a heart attack in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, at age 61 and is buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates are an American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pirates compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. The Pirates play their home games at PNC Park; the team previously played at Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium, the latter of which was named after its location near the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. Founded on October 15, 1881 as Allegheny, the franchise has won five World Series championships. The Pirates are also often referred to as the "Bucs" or the "Buccos" (derived from buccaneer, a synonym for pirate).

The franchise joined the NL in its eighth season in 1887 and was competitive from its early years, winning three NL titles from 1901 to 1903, playing in the inaugural World Series in 1903 and winning their first World Series in 1909 behind Honus Wagner. The Pirates have had many ups and downs during their long history, most famously winning the 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees on a game-winning walk-off home run by Bill Mazeroski, the only time that Game 7 of the World Series has ever ended with a home run. They also won the 1971 World Series, led by the talent of Roberto Clemente, and the 1979 World Series under the slogan "We Are Family", led by "Pops" Willie Stargell.

After a run of regular-season success in the early 1990s (winning three straight East Division titles), the Pirates struggled mightily over the following 20 years, with 20 consecutive losing seasons from 1993 to 2012—the longest such streak in American professional sports history before posting a winning record in 2013 of 94–68, qualifying them for the NL Wild Card. They advanced to the NL Division Series round, where they lost in 5 games to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates made the playoffs in both 2014 and 2015, losing in the Wild Card Game both times. The Pirates currently have the longest World Series appearance drought in Major League Baseball among any team with at least one appearance, their most recent showing being their victory in the 1979 World Series. From 1882–2018, the Pirates have an overall record of 10476–10312 (a .504 winning 'percentage').

Steve Nicosia

Steven Richard Nicosia (born August 6, 1955) is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays during eight seasons spanning 1978–1985. Listed at 5' 10" and weighing 185 lb., Nicosia batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey.

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