1982 HEADLINE: Pirates Set To Retire Willie Stargell’s Jersey!
In an honor reserved for the greatest players in a franchise’s history, the Pittsburgh Pirates retired Willie Stargell’s #8 jersey on September 6, 1982.
Stargell was and still is the pride and joy of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise. Having played with the team for 21 major league season, Stargell, the city of Pittsburgh, and all Pirates fans share a special bond.
An exceptional ball player, Willie Stargell was dynamic on offense. He has a lifetime batting average of .282 with 2,232 hits. His power numbers are solid as he smashed 475 home runs and 423 doubles. He also scored 1,195 runs during his career while driving in an additional 1,540.
Stargell was a 6-time All-star and he won the MVP Award in 1979 at the age of 39. Stargell was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. He also helped lead the Pirates to two World Series championships in 1971 & 1979.