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2001 Willie Stargell, the all-time Pirate career leader in home runs, RBIs, and extra-base hits, dies from kidney problems at the age of 61. After leading the Bucs to the 1979 World Championship, 'Pops', a career .282 hitter, became the oldest player (39) to win an MVP award when he shares the honor with Keith Hernandez.

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2001 Pittsburgh's PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product Sean Casey leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8-2. The Cincinnati first baseman, who belted the first home run at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4-for-4 and again has the honor of recording the first round-tripper in a major league park's history. The bat, which was used to hit both historic homers, is sent to the Hall of Fame.

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