The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates

The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates

by Bruce Markusen

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The Inspiring Story of Roberto Clemente's Greatest Season and One of the Most Important Teams in Sport History
In 1947, major league baseball experienced its first measure of integration when the Brooklyn Dodgers brought Jackie Robinson to the National League. While Robinson's breakthrough opened the gates of opportunity for African Americans and other minority players, the process of integration proved slow and uneven. It was not until the 1960s that a handful of major league teams began to boast more than a few Black and Latino players. But the 1971 World Championship team enjoyed a full and complete level of integration, with half of its twenty-five-man roster comprised of players of African American and Latino descent. That team was the Pittsburgh Pirates, managed by an old-time Irishman.

In The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates, veteran baseball writer Bruce Markusen tells the story of one of the most likable and significant teams in the history of professional sports. In addition to the fact that they fielded the first all-minority lineup in major league history, the 1971 Pirates are noteworthy for the team's inspiring individual performances, including those of future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and Bill Mazeroski, and their remarkable World Series victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. But perhaps their greatest legacy is the team's influence on the future of baseball, inspiring later championship teams such as the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics to open their doors fully to all talented players, regardless of race, particularly in the new era of free agency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594165092
Publisher: Westholme Publishing
Publication date: 04/14/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 239
Sales rank: 685,179
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

BRUCE MARKUSEN is author of Roberto Clemente: The Great One, Tales from the Mets Dugout, and A Baseball Dynasty: Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Unwritten Rules 2. Assembling a Team 3. Spring Training 4. April 5. May 6. June 7. July 8. August 9. September 10. National League Championship Series 11. World Series Games One and Two: Baltimore 12. World Series Games Three, Four, and Five: Pittsburgh 13. World Series Game Six: Baltimore 14. World Series Game Seven: Baltimore 15. The Legacy Where They Are Now Sources Index Acknowledgements

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The Team That Changed Baseball: Roberto Clemente and the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book to read. Enjoyed reading. That 1971 World Series Roberto Clemente showed what kind of player he was. Glad he was able to get his 3000 hit that next season. Sad he was killed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Markusen has hit a home run with 'The Team That Changed Baseball'. His vivid description of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates and Roberto Clemente had me setting right on the edge of my seat at the baseball stadium. It's a great read for the casual baseball fan also because of the way he weaves history into the baseball story. I highly recommend this book.