Pittsburgh left fielder Willie Stargell accumulates 14 total bases with three doubles and two home runs — August 1, 1970

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See the source imageAt Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on August 1, 1970, Pittsburgh left fielder Willie Stargell accumulates 14 total bases with three doubles and two home runs. The outfielder’s five extra-base hits power the Pirates past the Braves, 20-10.

Not a great night for the Braves.

He became the third player, after Lou Boudreau in 1946 and Joe Adcock in 1954, to collect five extra-base hits in one game.

In the same game, teammate Bob Robertson also collected five hits, including a home run; not until Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones in 2012 would two Pirates collect five hits in the same game.

The 1970 Pirates won the National League East title for their first postseason berth since winning the 1960 World Series. They were swept in that year’s NLCS by the Cincinnati Reds, but not before Stargell collected six hits in 12 at-bats, the most hits by either team in this series.

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