1971 APBA Baseball Replay
(January, 1997 - March, 1998)

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1971 World Champions
Pittsburgh Pirates

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Game 1 of World Series
PITT 1 0 3 0 1 1 3 3 0 - 12 24 1
BALT 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 - 3 6 0

W-Ellis (1-0) L-McNally (0-1)
HR - PITT: Pagan (1)
BALT: Buford (1)

Baltimore, Oct. 9 - The Pittsburgh Pirates battered the highly regarded Baltimore Oriole pitching staff for 24 hits in a 12-3 blowout of Game One of the 1971 World Series. Baltimore starter Dave McNally gave up 9 hits and 4 runs in only 3 innings of work. The rout was a complete team effort as 8 Pirates drove in runs. Willie Stargell and SS Jackie Hernandez had four hits apiece, and Roberto Clemente and 3B Jose Pagan had three hits each. Pagan hit a solo home run to deep left field in the fifth. Meanwhile on the hill, Dock Ellis, the brash starter for the Pirates, hushed the Oriole bats for only six hits. The only threats Baltimore could manage was in the 8th and 9th when the outcome was long decided.

Game 2
PITT 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 - 5 7 1
BALT 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 1 5 1

W-Kison (1-0) L-Palmer (0-1)

Baltimore, Oct. 11 - Game 2 of the 1971 World Series was postponed for a day after the game was halted in the second inning on Sunday, October 10. (Game 2 was also postponed by rain in reality!) Starters Jim Palmer and Bob Johnson set the sides down quietly until the bottom of the fifth. Jackie Hernandez booted a ground ball by Belanger, and Don Buford cashes in on the misplay with a 2 out RBI single to give Baltimore their first lead in the Series. Palmer began to tire in the seventh, loading the bases for Manny Sanguillen. Manny gave Pittsburgh the lead with a 2 run single. Pete Richert relieved Palmer and worked out of the inning. But in their next at-bat, the Pirates continued their barrage on the Baltimore bullpen from 2 days ago. Bob Robertson tripled down the left field line to score Clemente and Stargell. The Orioles' frustration began to surface as Tom Dukes threw a Gene Cline sacrifice attempt into right field to allow the final run to score. As Pittsburgh made simple work of the Orioles pen, Bob Miller shut down Baltimore with 2 scoreless innings, striking out four.

Game 3
BALT 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 - 4 11 3
PITT 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 3 10 0

W - Watt (1-0) L- Veale (0-1) SV - Richert (1)
HR- PITT: Hebner (1)

Pittsburgh, Oct. 12 - Steve Blass overcame a shaky start to strike out eight, but ace reliever Dave Giusti could not hold the lead in the ninth. Merv Rettenmund's 2 out 2 run double down the right field line scored Belanger and Buford. However, the home fans jumped right back out of their seats as Richie Hebner led off the bottom of the ninth with a pinch hit home run to right off Eddie Watt to knot the score at three. In the 11th, Rettenmund singles with 2 outs, and Boog Powell follows with a game winning double to right.

Game 4
BALT 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 2 9 0
PITT 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 3 x - 9 15 0

W - Kison (2-0) L-Dobson (0-1)

Pittsburgh, Oct. 13 - A new age in baseball dawns with the first ever night game in World Series history, and traditionalists and Oriole fans are sickened by the game. Pittsburgh moved one game away from an improbable championship over the favored Orioles. The Bucs again held their own against Oriole starter, and then ambushed the bullpen. Tied at two, Sanguillen began the Pirate seventh with a leadoff single against Pat Dobson. Jackie Hernandez lays down a bunt, and Dobson fields it near the line. Dobson looks at second, but before he can right himself to go to first, he collides with Hernandez. Sanguillen moves to third, and Hernandez is safe at first. However, Dobson is shaken up and leaves the game. Grant Jackson enters the game, and a Clines pinch hit single and a wild pitch later, Pittsburgh has a 4-2 lead. Tom Dukes fares no better also allowing a RBI single by Clemente and a wild pitch to push the Bucs' lead to 6-2. Bruce Kison, who's wedding day is this Saturday, picks up his second Series win with 2 scoreless innings.

Game 5
BALT 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 6 0
PITT 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 x - 4 7 0

W - Briles (1-0) L-McNally (0-2) SV - Giusti (1)
HR - BALT : D.Johnson (1) PITT: Clemente (1)

clemente.gif (22997 bytes)PIttsburgh, Oct. 14 - The Pittsburgh Pirates conquered the favored Baltimore Orioles in five games to claim the title of World's Champions. The Bucs batted a team average .337 against the one of the best pitching lineups ever. Baltimore 2B Davey Johnson did his best to get the Series return to Baltimore with a 2 run HR to give the O's the early lead. Willie Stargell snuffed a Baltimore rally by throwing out Paul Blair at home to end the sixth inning. Then in the bottom of that inning, Series MVP Roberto Clemente tied the game with a 2 run HR to left. In the seventh, the Pirates took the lead on a Dave Cash sac fly scoring Sanguillen. Gene Clines followed with an RBI single scoring Pagan. In the ninth, Dave Giusti ended the Series by striking out Andy Etchebarren.

The selection of Clemente (.476 1 HR; 5 RBI) as MVP may be somewhat controversial since teammate Manny Sanguillen (.458 5 RBI) posted similar numbers. However, Clemente's dramatic game tying homer in the final game plus his defensive wizardry (gunned down Don Buford at home in Game 3) obviously impacted the voter's decision. Sport Magazine awards Clemente with a 1971 Dodge Charger for winning the Series MVP award. (no kidding, that's what he really won!)

Thousands rioted in Pittsburgh after the Series victory. Police estimated 100,000 persons involved in the disturbances downtown. Bottles were thrown and cars were overturned and set ablaze as a good time turned bad. Police also reported nude dancing and heavy drinking amongst the party-goers. (I didn't make this part up...it's taken from the October 18, 1971 edition of the New York Times reporting on the actual Pittsburgh victory)


FINAL STANDINGS OF THE CLUBS

AL NL

East W L Pct. GB Last 10 East W L Pct. GB Last 10
Baltimore 104 54 .658 - 5-5 Pittsburgh 95 66 .590 - 8-2
Detroit 91 69 .569 14.0 7-3 Chicago 91 70 .565 4.0 8-2
Boston 86 75 .534 19.5 6-4 St.Louis 83 79 .512 12.5 5-5
New York 81 81 .500 25.0 5-5 New York 82 79 .509 13.0 2-8
Washington 60 99 .377 44.5 4-6 Montreal 64 96 .400 30.5 4-6
Cleveland 58 104 .358 48.0 4-6 Philadelphia 64 97 .398 31.0 3-7
West W L Pct. GB West W L Pct. GB
Oakland 98 63 .609 - 7-3 San Francisco 99 63 .611 - 8-2
Kansas City 86 73 .541 11.0 4-6 Los Angeles 90 72 .556 9.0 5-5
Minnesota 79 79 .500 17.5 4-6 Cincinnati 82 79 .509 16.5 2-8
California 78 84 .481 20.5 6-4 Houston 77 83 .481 21.0 5-5
Chicago 76 86 .469 22.5 3-7 Atlanta 76 86 .469 23.0 8-2
Milwaukee 65 95 .406 32.5 6-4 San Diego 64 97 .398 34.5 2-8

American League
MVP - Reggie Jackson, Oakland .296; 37 HR; 103 RBI; 17 SB
Cy Young - Vida Blue, Oakland 24-6; 1.93 ERA; 303 IP; 327 K; .152 OBA
ROY - Chris Chambliss, Cleveland .305; 14 HR; 59 RBI

National League
MVP - Hank Aaron, Atlanta .345; 55 HR; 130 RBI
Cy Young - Tom Seaver, New York 22-7; 1.52 ERA; 290IP; 287 K; .145 OBA
ROY - Willie Montanez, Philadelphia .255; 25 HR; 99 RBI


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