Pittsburgh Pirates Black History Month Tribute: The First All-Minority Lineup in MLB History

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 21: Manny Sanguillen #35 of the World Series Champion 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd after being introduced before the game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 21, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - JUNE 21: Manny Sanguillen #35 of the World Series Champion 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd after being introduced before the game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 21, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH – JUNE 21: Manny Sanguillen #35 of the World Series Champion 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd after being introduced before the game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 21, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH – JUNE 21: Manny Sanguillen #35 of the World Series Champion 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates salutes the crowd after being introduced before the game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 21, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) /

Third base: Dave Cash

Dave Cash had spent the two previous seasons with the Pirates as a second baseman. But because of the previously mentioned Stennet, Cash was seeing more reps at third base during 1971. Cash didn’t put up really impressive numbers at all during ‘71. Through 479 plate appearances, Cash hit only .289/.349/.354 with a 98 OPS+. Cash spent the next two seasons as solely a second baseman, and putting up similar overall offensive numbers, but showing decent glove work.

After the 1973 season, Cash was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Ken Brett. In Philly, Cash saw much more success, now seeing regular playing time. From ‘74-’76, Cash hit .296/.348/.371 line, stole 43 bases, and had a 4.1 dWAR. He also made the All-Star game every season he was in Philly.

After his Phillies tenure, Cash signed with the Montreal Expos, and put up numbers that more represented his Pirates’ days than his Philly days (.677 OPS, 88 OPS+). After the ‘79 season, Cash was traded to the San Diego Padres, and played his last season in 1980.

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