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We are Family! 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Orioles in World Series

We are Family! 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Orioles in World Series

We are Family! 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Orioles in World Series

October 17, 1979 With the World Series tied at three games, the Pittsburgh Pirates; winners of the last two games, find themselves having to win on the road in Baltimore to make their remarkable comeback complete. In this Series, it was the American League's turn to play by National League rules, meaning no designated hitter and the Orioles' pitchers would have to bat. This was particularly damaging to 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. The Pirates amazing comeback came 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. 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 "We are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates were the last team to win Game 7 of the World Series on the road.

By This Day in Baseball
Monday, 17 Oct 2011

 

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