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1982 HEADLINE: Pirates Set To Retire Willie Stargell’s Jersey!

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.

1982 HEADLINE: Pirates Set To Retire Willie Stargell’s Jersey!

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.

2001 Topps Archives – 1974 Topps League Leaders Card – 1973 Home Run Leaders

2001 Topps Archives – 1974 Topps League Leaders Card – 1973 Home Run Leaders

Wow, that headline is a mouthful, huh??

But it’s worth it.  Especially when you get to celebrate and acknowledge the home run hitting prowess of Reggie Jackson and Willie Stargell.

These two guys were mashing home runs as a solid rate in 1973.  And this card from the 2001 Topps Archives set that features the 1974 Topps design does a nice job commemorating their efforts.

Here is the card:

 

VINTAGE REGGIE.WILLIE

Stargell led all of baseball with 44 home runs in 1973.  Reggie was pretty far behind with 32 as the American League leader.

Willie Stargell 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Willie Stargell 2002 Upper Deck World Series Heroes

Willie Stargell played in the big leagues for 22 seasons.  He made it to the playoffs in six of those seasons, and ended up playing in two World Series match-ups: 1971 & 1979.

Stargell and his Pittsburgh Pirates teammates wound up on the winning side of both of those World Series battles, securing the championship in each series.  In total, Stargell played in 14 World Series games and compiled some pretty solid numbers.  Those numbers include: 12 hits in 30 at-bats, good for a .400 batting average; 4 doubles; 3 home runs; 7 runs scored; 7 RBI.

Stargell’s play in the 1979 World Series was solid enough to garner the World Series MVP Award.  

VINTAGE STRAGELL

1982 Headline: Pirates Set To Retire Stargell’s Jersey!

1982 Headline:  Pirates Set To Retire 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.

1982 Headline: Pirates Set To Retire Stargell’s Jersey!

1982 Headline:  Pirates Set To Retire 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.

Did You Know…

Babe Ruth holds the record for the most extra-base hits in a single season with 119.  In 1921, Ruth connected for 44 doubles, 16 triples, and 59 home runs.

Roberto Alomar’s Jersey To Be Retired By Toronto Blue Jays On July 31

Roberto Alomar’s Jersey To Be Retired By Toronto Blue Jays On July 31

TORONTO — Roberto Alomar, to be inducted into the Hall of  Fame on Sunday, has another honour coming to him.

Alomar’s No. 12 will be the first uniform number retired in  the Blue Jays’ 35-year history during an on-field ceremony  on July 31 at Rogers Centre.

“This is an honour that I was not expecting,” Alomar said  during a news conference on Tuesday evening at Rogers  Centre. “I knew my numbers were worthy of consideration for  the Hall of Fame, but for the Blue Jays to select my No. 12  to be the first number they retire is a great honor.

“I am truly blessed to be a Blue Jay and I’m looking  forward to the ceremony on July 31.”

Alomar played five seasons with the Blue Jays, including  the World Series championship teams of 1992-93. He was  named to the American League All-Star team and won a Gold  Glove in each of his seasons with Toronto, from 1991-95.

The native of Puerto Rico’s .307 career average as a Blue  Jay is the highest mark in club history among those with a  minimum of 2,000 plate appearances.

Alomar was elected to the Hall of Fame on Jan. 5, and will  be enshrined in Cooperstown — portrayed in a Blue Jays cap  on his plaque — in a ceremony on Sunday. The festivities  can be seen live on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at  11:30 a.m. ET.

Did You Know…

There are only two pitchers in major league history with more than 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000 walks – Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux.

Maddux Jenkins

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – 2 of my favorite pitchers of all-time, these two players and their magnificent careers are intertwined for life!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Rickey Henderson

As part of ‘Rickey Henderson Weekend’ last week in Oakland, the A’s gave the newest member of the Hall of Fame the chance to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

Of course Rickey obliged and as usual he thrilled the crowd that was watching!!!