Gene Clines, member of MLB's first all-minority lineup and 1971 World Series champion, dies at age 75

The Pittsburgh Pirates validated on Thursday that previous outfielder Gene Clines, a veteran of 10 big-league seasons, has actually passed away. He was 75 years of ages.

Clines appeared in 870 video games in The Show throughout his profession, accumulating a slash line of .277/.329/.341 (88 OPS+) with 5 crowning achievement and 71 taken bases (on 111 shots). Though his finest specific season can be found in 1972, when he played well sufficient to make downballot factor to consider for the Most Valuable Player Award, his profession is finest kept in mind through the lens of the 1971 project. That year, Clines not just assisted the Pirates win the World Series, however he became part of MLB’s very first all-minority lineup.

“I look to my left, there’s [Willie] Stargell. Look to my right, there’s [Roberto] Clemente. I look around more, and I started thinking, ‘Holy [expletive].'” Clines remembered in 2015, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I take a lot of pride in being a part of that.”

In addition to Clines’ time with the Pirates, he likewise wore for the New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs. Following the conclusion of his playing profession, he acted as a coach with numerous companies, and as a planner with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he advised gamers on striking, baserunning, and playing the outfield.

“Gene was a speedy outfielder who was a key member of our 1971 World Series team,” Pirates president Travis Williams stated in a declaration. “He made a tremendous impact on the game, not only as a player after his career with the Pirates, but also as a long-time coach in the big leagues.

“It was an honor to have Gene back in Pittsburgh this past September to acknowledge him and his colleagues from our 1971 World Series Championship group who took the field as part of Major League Baseball’s initially all-minority lineup,” added Williams. “It was a happiness to speak with him about his deep enthusiasm for baseball, his love for his colleagues and his gratitude for the city of Pittsburgh. Our hearts head out to his better half Joanne, his kids, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

No cause of death was revealed. Clines’ household has actually asked for personal privacy as they grieve.

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