Pittsburgh Pirates and the day they became the first team to line up Latinos and African Americans


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Pittsburgh Pirates and the day they became the first team to line up Latinos and African Americans

On a day like today, 50 years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates became the first team in both MLB leagues to hit the field with a starting lineup made up entirely of African Americans and Latinos.

The historic event was staged on September 1 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Second baseman Rennie Stennett led that lineup, followed by center fielder Gene Clines and future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell as third and fourth batters.

Catcher Manny Sanguillén hit fifth, third baseman Dave Cash sixth, first baseman Al Oliver seventh and shortstop Jackie Hernandez eighth. The pitcher that day, who hit ninth, was Dock Ellis.

About two decades earlier, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League upon his debut.

The Pirates, who eventually won the World Series that year, prevailed 10-7 over the Phillies that day.


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