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.