Willie Stargell

Stargell Willie
Birthdate 3/6/1940
Death Date 4/9/2001
Debut Year 1962
Year of Induction 1988
Teams Pirates
Positions First Base, Left Field

Willie Stargell spent his entire 21-year career in Pittsburgh leading the team to 6 NL East titles, 2 pennants, and two World Series championships.

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Stargell broke in with Pittsburgh as a 22-year old in 1962

Stargell broke in with Pittsburgh as a 22-year old in 1962

For years in souvenir stands at MLB stadiums offered baseballs with stamped signatures of the home team. In the collection is a contract signed by Willie Stargell agreeing to have his autograph appear on those balls. The terms of the contract? Pops received one cent per ball sold. Stargell signed
Willie Stargell earned the first of his two World Series rings in 1971

Willie Stargell earned the first of his two World Series rings in 1971

Willie Stargell’s Hall of Fame career included six trips to the postseason that resulted in two World Series championship. Stargell’s Pirates reached October in five of the first six years of the 1970s, and again in the final year of the decade. Many remember the ’79 “We Are Family” Pirate
Chuck Tanner relied on Stargell's in the 1979 championship season

Chuck Tanner relied on Stargell's in the 1979 championship season

The manager of the 1979 championship Pirate team, Chuck Tanner piloted Pittsburgh through Stargell’s final six seasons. In this handwritten letter Tanner writes, “Willie was the leader of our team on the field and off the field. He was like a 10 diamond karat ring on your finger to manag
Stargell's career was capped with his 1988 induction into baseball's Hall of Fame

Stargell's career was capped with his 1988 induction into baseball's Hall of Fame

“We Are Family” can be heard in the mind of fans as they remember Willie Stargell’s MVP season that brought the World Series championship to Pittsburgh in 1979. The charismatic Stargell helped make the Pirates America’s favorite team for a summer. Stargell is remembered for

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