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Panamanian Renaldo Stennett, legend of the Pirates, died at the age of 72

Panamanian Renaldo Stennett, legend of the Pirates, died at the age of 72

Former Panamanian striker Renaldo “Rennie” Stennett, who set a record in the Major Leagues and remains in force by going 7-7 in a nine-inning game, died this Tuesday at age 72 after a fight against cancer.

Stennett wore a uniform for the Pirates between 1971 and 1979, nine of his 11 seasons in the majors, mostly at second base.

The Panamanian player won a ring with the champions “Bucaneros” in 1971 and 1979.

“We are saddened by the loss of such a beloved member of the Pirates family,” said Pirates president Travis Williams. “Rennie was a great player on the field and a better person off the field.”

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Stennett was the first batter in the Pirates’ lineup when Pittsburgh had a lineup made up entirely of African-American and Latino players in 1971.

The Isthmus was followed in the batting order by Gene Clines, Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente (Hall of Fame), Willie Stargell, Panamanian catcher Manny Sanguillén, Dave Cash, Al Oliver, Cuban Jacinto “Jackie” Hernández and Dock Ellis.

Later in his career, Stennett hit in each of his seven at-bats on September 16, 1975 against the Cubs, setting a major league record for one game.

“Rennie was proud to be part of the first minority lineup in Major League history when he took the field with his teammates 50 years ago on September 1, 1971,” Williams recalled. Rennie’s legacy will endure here with the Pirates and through her loved family. (AFP) (GG)

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