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The 1970's was my favorite decade for baseball, because I was too young to enjoy and have knowledge about the 1960's. 

I remember the Pittsburgh Pirates having an outfield of Omar "The Antelope" Moreno in centerfield and Dave "The Cobra" Parker holding down right field in the late 70's.  Left field was platooned with the likes of Bill Robinson, John Milner and Mike Easler. Moreno and Parker were steady starters. 

Prior to Moreno playing centerfield, it was Al Oliver.  Before Parker in right field, there was Richie Zisk, Manny Sangilluen and the 70's began with Roberto Clemente.  Willie Stargell was in left field until 1975 and then the players like Zisk and Oliver were given stints. 

 

For the Philadelphia Phillies, my memory recollects an outfield of Greg Luzinski in left field, Gary Maddox in centerfield and Bake McBride and his afro in left field. Jay Johnstone and Mike Anderson preceded McBride in right field.  Del Unser and Willie Montanez were in place in centerfield before Maddox.  I cannot remember Montanez playing anythign other than first base.

Anybody else have memories of steady players in outfield positions during the 1970's?



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The 1970's Yankees:
LF-Roy White or Sweet Lou Piniella
CF-Bobby Murcer, Elliott Maddox and later Mickey Rivers
RF-Oscar Gamble or later Reggie Jackson
They had some great outfields, hitting-wise. Reggie was a terrible RFer.

1970's Dodgers: Lf-Dusty Baker, RF-Rick Monday, RF-Reggie Smith. Those guys were nothing to sneeze at.

Neither was the Big Red Machine: LF-George Foster, CF-Cesar Geronimo and RF-Ken Griffey

Early 70's As: LF-Joe Rudi, CF-Bill North, RF-Reggie Jackson

1970's Red Sox: LF-Yaz, later Rice, CF-Fred Lynn, RF-Dwight Evans. Hard to top two HOFers and one borderline (Evans).



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Giants had Bobby Bonds, Garry Maddux, and Gary Mathews. Probably their fastest and best defensive  outfield they ever had.



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'71 and '72 Pirates had Willie Stargell in LF, Clemente in RF and Oliver in CF. Two Hall of Famers around a guy with 2,743 career hits and a .303 lifetime average.

Pirates of the late '60s had Stargell and Clemente with Matty Alou in CF. Alou hit .327 in his five years with the Pirates.

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I'm a Reds fan,so for me the ultimate was LF-George Foster CF-Ceasar Geronimo RF-Ken Griffey



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HBF wrote: 1970's Red Sox: LF-Yaz, later Rice, CF-Fred Lynn, RF-Dwight Evans. Hard to top two HOFers and one borderline (Evans).
Lynn screwed up his career by running into the wall too many times. He's one of those coulda, shoulda, woulda guys.



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In the late 70's, the Expos outfield of Ellis Valentine, Andre Dawson, &
Warren Cromartie was one of the best.
Valentine had all the talent in the world but never reached his full potential.
Duke Snider once held his index finger & thumb an inch apart & claimed
Valentine was this close to being an HOF'er.
Dawson eventually did make the HOF.

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clawmaster wrote: HBF wrote: 1970's Red Sox: LF-Yaz, later Rice, CF-Fred Lynn, RF-Dwight Evans. Hard to top two HOFers and one borderline (Evans).
Lynn screwed up his career by running into the wall too many times. He's one of those coulda, shoulda, woulda guys.

Yep.  But he screwed up his career more by leaving the cozy confines of Fenway.  That ballpark was tailor made for him, and many feel he would've been a HoFer had he stayed.

I couldn't even remember who played CF in the season immediately following Lynn's departure, so I had to look it up.  Frikken Rick Miller.  Bleah, what a downgrade.  Although I did like it when they brought in Tony Armas a couple seasons later.

Still, he was no Freddie Lynn.



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TerryWWWF wrote: '71 and '72 Pirates had Willie Stargell in LF, Clemente in RF and Oliver in CF. Two Hall of Famers around a guy with 2,743 career hits and a .303 lifetime average.

Pirates of the late '60s had Stargell and Clemente with Matty Alou in CF. Alou hit .327 in his five years with the Pirates.

that 71-72 Pirates outfield was the bomb.  Much better than in 79 when we won with Dave Parker, Bill Robinson and Omar Moreno, very good but not legendary.



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Count Grog wrote: TerryWWWF wrote: '71 and '72 Pirates had Willie Stargell in LF, Clemente in RF and Oliver in CF. Two Hall of Famers around a guy with 2,743 career hits and a .303 lifetime average.

Pirates of the late '60s had Stargell and Clemente with Matty Alou in CF. Alou hit .327 in his five years with the Pirates.

that 71-72 Pirates outfield was the bomb.  Much better than in 79 when we won with Dave Parker, Bill Robinson and Omar Moreno, very good but not legendary.

The 71 team was the first team to field a all black team.  Danny Murtaugh the manager just said he put the best 9 on the field.  No other issue.   71 was also the year that Clemente finally got some respect.  Before the series he was widely villified as a surly hypochondriac.  

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Ultimark wrote: Count Grog wrote: TerryWWWF wrote: '71 and '72 Pirates had Willie Stargell in LF, Clemente in RF and Oliver in CF. Two Hall of Famers around a guy with 2,743 career hits and a .303 lifetime average.

Pirates of the late '60s had Stargell and Clemente with Matty Alou in CF. Alou hit .327 in his five years with the Pirates.

that 71-72 Pirates outfield was the bomb.  Much better than in 79 when we won with Dave Parker, Bill Robinson and Omar Moreno, very good but not legendary.

The 71 team was the first team to field a all black team.  Danny Murtaugh the manager just said he put the best 9 on the field.  No other issue.   71 was also the year that Clemente finally got some respect.  Before the series he was widely villified as a surly hypochondriac.  

In 1971 even the Pirates backup outfielders were good like Gene Clines, Vic Davillio and Richie Zisk



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That Reds outfield would be very difficult to top.



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thunderbolt wrote: That Reds outfield would be very difficult to top.

The 75 - 76 Reds starting 8 would be hard to beat.   The pitching was good but not great.  I still think the A's of 72 to 74 had the best overall team of the last 40 years.

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Ultimark wrote: thunderbolt wrote: That Reds outfield would be very difficult to top.

The 75 - 76 Reds starting 8 would be hard to beat.   The pitching was good but not great.  I still think the A's of 72 to 74 had the best overall team of the last 40 years.

Your point about the Reds is well taken, but they won a lot of 7-5, 9-7 type of games when the pitching flatered.  That team really was a machine.



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Giants had a good one in 71 with Willie Mays, Bobby Bonbs and Ken Henderson (the weak link)



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