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New Pirates Skipper Lloyd McClendon  Starred In 1971 Little League Baseball World Series


Williamsport, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Pirates' new manager, Lloyd McClendon, is no stranger to being a leader in big games. Although Mr. McClendon never played in a major league World Series, he was a star for a Gary, Ind., team in the 1971 Little League Baseball World Series. McClendon is the first former Little League World Series player to take a managerial position in the major leagues.

Lloyd McClendon pitches against Taiwan in the 1971 Little League World Series Championship Game.  (Click above for a larger photo.)

As a 6-foot twelve-year-old, Lloyd McClendon hit five home runs (in five official at-bats) over three games in the '71 series, a record that stood until 1996. He was intentionally walked in his other five plate appearances. In the championship, he gave up only three runs in eight innings against a team from Chinese Taipei, but Anderson Little League ended up losing 12-3 when Taiwan Little League scored nine runs in the top of the ninth inning. Earlier in the week, he pitched a three-hit shutout against Lexington, Ky.

"It was great just being a part of such a history," Mr. McClendon said in a 1996 interview after being named to the Little League Baseball World Series Commemorative Team. "Having the opportunity to set the records that I did was and is still very gratifying."

The Anderson Little League team also established a record of its own. It was the first all-African American team to compete in the Little League Baseball World Series since the first series in 1947. Mr. McClendon is the fifth African American manager currently in the major leagues, joining the Giants' Dusty Baker, the Cubs' Don Baylor, the White Sox's Jerry Manuel and the Brewers' Davey Lopes.

Mr. McClendon hit .244 in his eight-year career in the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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