By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Gene Clines, a former Pirate who was a member of the team that won the World Series in 1971, has died at the age of 75.
“Gene was a speedy quarterback who was a key member of our 1971 World Series team,” Pirates President Travis Williams said in a press release. “He has made a tremendous impact on the game, not only as a player following his career with the Pirates, but also as a longtime coach in the major leagues. ”
On September 1, 1971, Clines played at center while beating second in the first all-minority roster in MLB history.
He was selected by the Pirates in the sixth round of the June 1966 Draft and played over 400 games with the team from 1970-74. He went on to play for the Mets, Rangers and Cubs. After his career, he was the coach of many teams.
“It was an honor for Gene to return to Pittsburgh this past September to recognize him and his teammates from our 1971 World Championship team, who made the field as part of the all-around squad. Major League Baseball’s first minority. It was a pleasure talking to him about his deep passion for baseball, his love for his teammates, and his appreciation for the city of Pittsburgh. Our hearts go out to his wife Joanne, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” Williams said.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/01/27/former-pittsburgh-pirate-gene-cline-death/ Former Pirate Gene Clines, World Award Winner and Minority Squad Member, Has Died – CBS Pittsburgh