“A World Series Trophy is a wonderful thing to behold.”
Hall of Famer Willie Stargell
Willie Stargell played exclusively for the Pittsburgh Pirates during his 21 year Major League career.
Stargell’s lifetime batting average is .282 and he belted 475 home runs.
The Pirates won six National League East Championships, two Pennants and two World Championships during Willie’s time there . Willie Stargell was a seven-time All-Star and was Co-MVP of the National League(with Keith Hernandez) in 1979.
Stargell led the National League in home runs twice(1971 and 1973) and finished second in the MVP voting in each of those seasons.
In 1988, Willie Stargell was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Willie Stargell could intimidate opposing pitchers just by standing in the batter’s box as he would windmill his bat.
Not only is Willie a Hall of Famer, but he is one of the most beloved and respected players in Baseball history.
Stargell was the leader on the field and in the clubhouse of the 1979 World Champion(WE ARE FAMILY) Pirates.
The ’79 Pirates overcame a three games to one deficit against the Baltimore Orioles to win the Series.
Stargell led the way batting .400 in the Series and capturing MVP honors.
Hall of Famer Don Sutton showed his respect for Stargell by saying, “Willie Stargell just didn’t hit pitchers’ he took away their dignity.”
When assessing Willie’s leadership skills, this quote from him stands out, “Helping someone is what life is all about.”
Willie Stargell was “class” personified.