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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.

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Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!

Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!

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.

Happy Birthday ‘Pops’!!!

1988 HEADLINE: Willie Stargell Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1988 HEADLINE: Willie Stargell Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

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.

Stargell was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.  He collected 352 of 427 votes cast, good for 82.4%.

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.

Willie Stargell 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Stickers

Willie Stargell 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Stickers

This one is a great one, featuring one of the most celebrated players from the 1970’s – Willie Stargell!!!

CLOTH STARGELL

Stargell was the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh Pirates team.  His ability to lead the squad with his ability to drive in runs and collect timely hits made him a favorite among his teammates and fans.

This ’77 Cloth Sticker card from the 2012 Topps Archives set captures Stargell very well.  And I love his signature – nice and clean!!

 

Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!

Happy Birthday Willie Stargell!!!!

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.

Happy Birthday ‘Pops’!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Willie Stargell VS Dave Parker

Hall Of Fame Debate: Willie Stargell VS Dave Parker

For this week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’, I thought it would be fun to compare the careers of two players that were teammates for large parts of their playing careers – Willie Stargell and Dave Parker.

We all know that Stargell is a Hall of Famer, and Parker is not.  Stargell was elected in 1988 in his first year of eligibility.  On the flip side, Dave Parker remained on the Hall of Fame ballot for fifteen years.  Parker never earned more than 24% of the vote for election into Cooperstown.

But are their baseball careers that different?  Was Willie Stargell drastically better than his teammate Dave Parker??

That is what tonight’s debate is all about – Does Willie Stargell deserve his ‘1st ballot status’ and should Dave Parker be joining his teammate in Cooperstown.

First, let’s dig into the career numbers of these players:

  Willie Stargell Dave Parker
Seasons 21 19
Games 2360 2,466
Hits 2,232 2,712
200-Hit Seasons 0 1
Batting Average 0.282 0.29
Batting Titles 0 2
On-Base % 0.36 0.339
Doubles 423 526
Home Runs 475 339
30-HR Seasons 4 3
40-HR Seasons 2 0
Runs Scored 1,195 1,272
RBI 1,540 1,493
100-RBI Seasons 4 4
30/100 Seasons 2 3
All-Star 7 7
Gold Glove 0 3
Silver Slugger 0 3
ROY 0 0
MVP 1 1
Postseasons 6 8
WS Titles 2 2

Within these numbers, here is what stands out most to me:

  • Parker’s career hits tally
  • Parker’s batting titles
  • Stargell’s on-base percentage
  • Parker’s doubles
  • Stargell’s home runs
  • Parker’s Gold Gloves
  • Parker’s Silver Slugger Awards

OK, and now the debate can begin.

First, let me tackle the Stargell-side.  Willie Stargell was a fantastic player, and a supreme power hitter.  He filled his role extremely well and was responsible for great run production during the majority of his career.  He is the oldest player in major league history to win an MVP Award and that shows the career-long dedication that ‘Pops’ put into the sport.   But, a first ballot HOFer??  I don’t think so.  I fully understand that the writers that were voting in 1988 (his year of election) had different things to review in 1988 than what voters have in 2013.  There are new numbers out now that show the real value of a player.  It is not his fault at all, but Stargell’s vote took place during a time when entry was easier.  And while he should not be blamed for that, he also does not deserve to be resting with other first-ballot guys like Aaron, Musial, Schmidt, and Brett.  I absolutely think that Willie Stargell had a Hall of Fame career, and I would call him a 2nd or 3rd tier kind of player.

Ok, now onto Dave Parker.  When looking at Parker, you see an imposing guy – 6 feet, 5 inches tall and 230 pounds.  But just when you think that he is a one-dimensional slugger, you notice that Parker was a fantastic all-around player.  Parker won back-to-back batting titles in an era when he was competing against players like Rod Carew, Bill Madlock, and Steve Garvey for the best batting averages in baseball.  Parker, during the early stages of his career, was also a fantastic fielder.  He won Gold Gloves in three straight seasons in the late 1970’s.  For me, the biggest knock against Parker was that with his size you could have expected more home run production.  Parker never had a 40-HR season, and he is well behind others on the all-time list that you would think he would have surpassed.  But, the number of doubles Parker hit during his career can counter-balance some of that.  Parker hit 526 doubles during his career, and he tallied 8 seasons of at least 30 or more doubles.

In my opinion, Dave Parker deserved a lot more Hall of Fame votes than what he received.  To obtain no more than 24% of the vote in a single year is a bit ridiculous.  Maybe it was the fact that ‘Cobra’ played for four different teams in his final four years (Lee Smith-esque) or maybe it was that for a body his size you expected to see more balls leaving the ballpark, either way – you cannot argue that Dave Parker was one of the most well-rounded hitters of his era.  His 1978 MVP season was phenomenal, and could be compared to other MVP-winning seasons from that time and hold up extremely well.

But, should Dave Parker be in the Hall of Fame?

My answer is ‘Yes’.  Parker was an unreal talent.  And he is a player that I have a strong affinity for.  While I don’t think about Parker in the same breath that I think of his 1st ballot contemporaries – Schmidt, Brett, and Yount, I do see him more on par with Andre Dawson and Jim Rice.  And that is good enough for me.

There you have it.  A little exhausting, but a lot of fun too!!

And now it is your turn to weigh in on this – (1) Is Willie Stargell worthy of his 1st ballot Hall of Fame status? (2) Is Dave Parker worthy of Hall of Fame induction.

Ok, time for you to sound off!!!

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