Willie Stargell

Baseball Left fielder / First baseman Willie Stargell

Full Name: Wilver Dornell Stargell
Profession: Baseball Left fielder / First baseman

United States of America

Biography: Willie Stargell was a Baseball Hall of Fame left-fielder and first baseman who spent all of his 21 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1962–1982).

A feared power hitter, Stargell had the most home runs (296) of any player in the 1970s decade.

He had a career batting average .282 with 2,232 hits, 1,194 runs, 423 doubles, 475 home runs and 1,540 runs batted in. Stargell was pivotal in the Pirates' 6 National League East division titles, 2 NL pennants and 2 World Series Championships in 1971 and 1979 (in which he was MVP).

The 7-time All Star was also the recipient of the coveted Roberto Clemente Award for sportsmanship in 1974.

After retirement Stargell coached at a major league level and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.

Born: March 6, 1940
Birthplace: Earlsboro, Oklahoma, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: April 9, 2001 (aged 61)
Cause of Death: Complications related to a stroke

Historical Events

  • 1968-05-22 Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball HOF outfielder Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double and a single in a 13-6 rout of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field
  • 1969-08-05 Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell smashes first and longest home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium; the incomparable shot off Alan Foster, measures 506 feet
  • 1970-08-01 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell smacks 3 doubles and 2 homers in a 20-10 Pirates win v Braves at Atlanta Stadium
  • 1971-09-01 Pittsburgh Pirates start what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10-7 win v Philadelphia Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell
  • 1977-06-29 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell hits his 400th career HR as his Pittsburgh Pirates rout the St Louis Cardinals, 9-1 at Busch Stadium
  • 1979-10-17 Baseball World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4-1 at Memorial Stadium for 4 games to 3 series win; MVP: Pirates 1B Willie Stargell
  • 1979-11-13 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell and St Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez share National League MVP Award
  • 1982-09-06 Pittsburgh Pirates retire Willie Stargell's #8
  • 1988-01-12 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder/first baseman Willie Stargell elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1988-07-31 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st baseman/left fielder and 7-time All Star Willie Stargell becomes 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame

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