Biography of Wilver Dornel Stargell (Pops)

“That rare combination of athlete and gentleman. He is one of the very few to be a star both on and off the field.” – Ken Brett

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 performance. His father-figure status earned him the nickname “Pops” and his leadership helped the Pirates win World Championships in 1971 and in 1979, when he shared National League MVP honors.

The Basics

  • Major League Debut: 9/16/1962
  • Played For: Pittsburgh Pirates (1962-1982)
  • Primary Position: Left Fielder
  • Bats: L Throws: L
  • Primary Uniform #: 8
  •  Awards & Recognition
  • Hall of Fame
  • Elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988
  • National League Championships
  • 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979
  • World Series Championships
  • 1971, 1979
  • All Star
  • 1964-1966, 1971-1973, & 1978
  • MVP
  • National League 1979, NLCS 1979, World Series 1979

 

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