Stargell, Willie

Wilver Dornel Stargell
Born: March 6, 1940, Earlsboro, Oklahoma
Died: April 9, 2001, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Played For: 
Pittsburgh Pirates (1962-1982)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1988

Popular and powerful, Willie Stargell crushed 475 career homers, leading the National League with 48 blasts in 1971 and 44 in '73. An intimidating left-handed batter, Stargell helped popularize the following of tape-measure home runs during the 1960s and '70s. His influence extended into the clubhouse, where he rewarded teammates with stars for outstanding performances. His father-figure status earned him the nickname Pops and his leadership helped the Pirates win world championships in 1971 and '79, when he shared National League MVP honors.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Willie Stargell became the first player to win a regular-season MVP, the LCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the same year in 1979?
They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball and they tell you to hit it square.