Tag Archives: stargell jersey retirement

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.