Pirates to honor 1979 World Series Champs tonight

Instead of lumping this into the normal daily post, I figured it was worthy of its own entry. The Pirates continue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Pirates’ World Series win over the Orioles in 1979 on Saturday, which is the biggest day of the celebration.

Shortly, 22 players and staff members from that team will be honored in an on-field celebration. The list of scheduled attendees includes: Chuck Tanner, Margaret Stargell (wife of the late Willie Stargell), Dave Parker, Omar Moreno, Phil Garner, Bert Blyleven, John Candelaria, Bill Madlock, Manny Sanguillen, Rennie Stennett, Kent Tekulve, Mike Easler, Jim Rooker, Ed Ott, Don Robinson, Grant Jackson, Bruce Kison, Lee Lacy, Steve Nicosia, Matt Alexander, Al Monchak, Dale Berra and trainer Tony Bartirome.

Quite the reunion, eh?

“I think it’s going to be great,” manager John Russell said. “I think it’s a tribute to what [owner] Bob [Nutting] and [president] Frank [Coonelly] started last year with the culture. You look at Pirate City now and there are pictures of Pirates people, old time people that were part of the organization. I think it’s important that our players know the heritage and history of Pittsburgh baseball. To see that many guys here at once, our players are going to get a good taste and an opportunity to see those guys and talk to those guys. I think it’s great for the organization, but also for the city.”

The current Pirates will continue to honor that ’79 team by wearing throwback jerseys again as well. It’s going to be a different style than the ones worn on Friday, though, which I, personally, was a big fan of. Saturday’s jerseys include while tops with gold pinstripes, black pants and black pill-box style hats.

And I can’t forget to mention the KC and the Sunshine Band concert afterward. Never in my life did I expect to see the group live at the ballpark twice in two months (they performed at Land Shark Stadium when the team was in Miami back in early July). At least I know who they are this time around.

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