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Back When Things Went Right — Part Two

Back When Things Went Right — Part Two

 

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The Pirates were one of MLB’s dominant franchises in the 1970s. Their record that decade included two world championships, six division titles, three second-place finishes, and one third-place finish. With the exception of the 1973 team, which went 80-82 in the wake of Roberto Clemente’s tragic death, their worst record was 88-74 in 1974, and they still won the division.

The 1970s teams started off with a strong core from the Pirates teams of the early and mid-1960s in Clemente, Willie Stargell, Bill Mazeroski and Steve Blass, but the team’s success was built on a long run of top-flight production from its farm system. In fact, while frustrated fans often accuse today’s Pirates of serving as a farm system for other teams, that was far more true of the ‘70s Pirates, who were always in contention and thus often traded away young players.  Oakland and Philadelphia were especially fortunate beneficiaries of the Pirates' scouting aptitude.  Meanwh...

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