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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Bucs ‘70s star Rennie Stennett dies

Rennie Stennett, who set a Major League record that still stands by going 7-for-7 in a nine-inning game and played nine of his 11 seasons as a second baseman for the Pirates, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 72.

Stennett played for the Pirates from 1971-79, including for the World Series champions in ‘79. He did not play in the ‘71 postseason as Pittsburgh won the World Series that year.

“We are saddened by the loss of such a beloved member of the Pirates family. Rennie was a great player on the field, and an even better person off of it,” Pirates president Travis Williams said. “A member of our World Series championships in both 1971 and 1979 who remained a very active and cherished member of our Alumni Association, Rennie symbolized what it meant to be a Pittsburgh Pirate.”

Stennett was the leadoff batter when the Pirates fielded MLB’s first all-Black and Latino starting lineup in 1971. And he had hits in all seven of his at-bats in a 22-0 win against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in 1971. His first hit was off Chicago starter Rick Reuschel; his seventh was against Paul Reuschel, Rick’s brother.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2021 at 01:10 PM | 25 comment(s)
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