Thursday, March 22, 2018

1979 Pittsburgh Pirates: Family Matters

Topps baseball cards

The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, built with a team of non-stars, won the World Series on the back of 39-year old Willie Stargell.  "Pops" Stargell had the respect of every team member and started the practice of doling out "Stargell stars," golden embroidered stars given to teammates who made exceptional plays.  Piggy backing on momentum from the Pittsburgh Steelers'  January, 1979 Super Bowl win, citizens of Pittsburgh were already in a dancing mood when Stargell chose the hit song "We Are Family" as the team song.

While they were burning disco records in Chicago, the Pittsburgh Pirates were embracing the fad, as "We Are Family" blared out of the speakers at Three Rivers Stadium.  The title of the song was even printed in huge letters on top of their dugout to drive the point home.  Pittsburgh fans, not known for high society tastes, quickly caught "Family Fever" as the slogan appeared on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and pet rocks everywhere. Philadelphia Phillies fans watched in vain as their home grown group Sister Sledge had their hit song appropriated by their hated rival the Pirates.

After getting off to a slow start in 1979, the Pirates hit their stride after the All-Star Game in which Dave Parker was named MVP.  Trades for shortstop Tim Foli and two-time batting champion Bill Madlock proved to be important pieces to the championship run.  After sweeping the Reds in the National League Championship Series 3–0, the  Pirate came back from a 3–1 deficit to beat the Baltimore Orioles in seven games to win the World Series.

This RetroCards set includes Matt Alexander, Burt Bevacqua, Doe Boyland, Dock Ellis, Rod Gilbreath, Gary Hargis, Odell Jones, Vance Law, Tony Pena, Pasqual Perez, Rod Scurry, and Chuck Tanner. Special cards include a stadium card, three We Are Family highlights, All-Star Game HL of MVP Dave Parker, a mascot card of the Pirate Parrot, and four highlight cards from the playoffs and World Series! Order your set here.

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