By Harv Aronson
My favorite Pittsburgh Pirates team of all-time was the club that took the field in 1971. It was the year that spurned my interest in sports as a then 12-year old and I've been locked into sports ever since.
I can still see in my mind watching television with my father as we witnessed a home run by the late, great, Roberto Clemente as he rounded the bases in that stride he made so famous. It was a sad day a little over a year later that a plane crash took the life of the great #21.
The Bucs beat the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series in 1971 for their fourth Major League Baseball title in history and would win it again eight years later behind Captain Willie Stargell and his "We are Family" teammates. The 1979 Pirates were also a great team but it was the '71 squad that to this day I admire. I can still recall all the major players:
Roberto Clemente was not the only player to lose his life in a tragic accident as Bob Moose was killed in a car accident in 1976 and Steve Blass would lose his ability to pitch and be out of baseball by 1974. But looking back this was such a great team and was aided in its popularity by the broadcast voice of the late Bob Prince who was loved by all of Pittsburgh.