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Top 10 Pirates Postseason Moments: #10 - Willie Stargell silences Cincinnati with 11th inning home run in 1979 NLCS Game 1

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1979 NLCS - Game 1: Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images

With October winding down and postseason baseball heating up, we figured that it would be fun to craft a list of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top 10 postseason moments of all-time.

This is an opportunity to bring back some nostalgia and spread some positivity as we tune into the World Series.

Coming in at No. 10 on our list...

The Pirates were in their first playoff series since 1971, facing the same opponent, the Cincinnati Reds.

The lone player from that 1971 roster, Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, came up to bat with the game tied at 2 apiece.

After singles from Tim Foli and Dave Parker, Stargell brought them home with a huge home run to give the Pirates the early edge in the series.

The Pirates would go on to complete the three-game sweep of the Reds to win the NL pennant and defeat the Baltimore Orioles in seven games to capture the franchise’s fifth World Series title.