1979: Philadelphia Conquers the World

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The next year, Americans voted to elect a President who would assiduously work to undermine every principle expressed in these songs. The first song (“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden and Whitehead) became such a transcendent theme that it was labeled the unofficial “national anthem” of New York’s leading Black-owned radio station, WBLS. The latter song (“We Are Family” by Sister Sledge) is as popular today as ever. It was immediately embraced by the eventual World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Those Pirates featured a unique blend of star power: Dave Parker, Willie Stargell, Kent Tekulve, John Candelaria (“The Candy Man”) and many others. The song remains a staple in some baseball stadiums around the nation.

1979 was the year that two groups from Philadelphia issued a call to all of us to be one and to be great.

One comment

  1. Great to have you back T3!!!

    That was a great Pittsburgh team with a great anthem… I’ll just forget about those uniforms though.

    And speaking of Tekulve… what ever happened to the submarine pitcher?

    And don’t forget Omar Moreno!

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