On October 17, 1971, Roberto Clemente hits a fourth-inning homer off Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar to put the Pirates ahead, 1-0, in Game 7 of the World Series. The right-fielder has hit safely in all seven games of the series, a feat he also accomplished in 1960 against the Yankees, to extend his consecutive Fall Classic hitting streak to 14 contests. Clemente is named Series MVP after hitting .414.
Steve Blass’s not to be outdone by the great one, pitches a complete-game four-hitter, the Pirates beat Mike Cuellar and the heavily favored Orioles 2-1 to capture their fourth world championship in franchise history. Immediately after the Game 7 victory, rookie hurler Bruce Kison and his champagne-soaked best man Bob Moose are whisked away from Memorial Stadium by helicopter to a waiting Lear Jet to attend the 21 year-old’s 6:30 pm wedding in Pittsburgh, in which the groom will arrive 33 minutes late.
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