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The 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates

by Michael Aubrecht
Excerpts from World Series and Year In Review written for and The Highlander's '79 Pirates 25th Anniversary Sources: Pittsburgh Pirates Encyclopedia, The Bucs (The Story of the Pirates), Post Gazette, Sporting News Vault, Baseball-Almanac, The Baseball Timeline, The Baseball Library, The Baseball Chronicle,,


"Everyone can see we're together - as we walk on by." (We Are Family) Sister Sledge

Known around the National League as "Lumber and Lightning", the '79 Pittsburgh Pirates personified the true, blue-collar baseball team. On the field, they shined as bright as the uniforms that they wore (64 possible combinations of black, gold and pinstripes), not to mention their pillbox caps adorned with the coveted "Stargell stars". Off the field, they captured the hearts and minds of fans everywhere with their adopted "We Are Family" slogan.

Pittsburgh played 162 games during the '79 season. In the end, they won 98, lost 64, and finished in first position with a .605 winning percentage. After losing three of the first four games to the Orioles in the World Series, the Bucs came back with a dramatic "movie-like" fashion to win the final three games at Baltimore for the franchise's fifth title. Team captain Willie Stargell, the National League's co-MVP in the regular season, capped off the team's Cinderella season by hitting the winning home run in Game 7. Amazingly, the 1979 World Champions still remain as the only one in baseball's past century to win a World Series title without a 15-game winner and a 100-RBI hitter in their line-up.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of that magical year, we present a tribute to the boys in black and gold.

COMING SOON: The Fall Classic and the Pittsburgh Pirates This Pinstripe Press eBook contains the complete Bucco's World Series recaps w/ links to complete statistics and additional information on Vol.1 release date: June 2004

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