The 1971 World Series delivered an intriguing matchup between the defending champion Baltimore Orioles and the upstart Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pittsburgh prevailed in seven games, thanks to Roberto Clemente, who was named the series most valuable player.
The home team won the first six games which set up the deciding tilt Oct. 17 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The Pirates beat the favored Orioles 2-1.
With ace pitchers Steve Blass and Mike Cuellar on the mound for their respective teams, game 7 proved to be a pitcher’s duel. Clemente drew first blood for the Pirates by hitting a two-out homer in the fourth off Cuellar. The Pirates added another run in the eighth when Jose Pagan doubled in Willie Stargell.
The only run the O’s could muster off Blass was an RBI groundout by Don Buford in the eighth. Blass would get his second complete game win of the series.
Game 7 was the only game in which the visiting team won. It was the fourth World Series in which the home team won each of the first six games before the road team won game 7 with the others being 1955, 1956 and 1965.