The Pittsburgh Pirates’ home stadium, Forbes Field, had 86-foot-high stands in right field and there were only 18 balls ever to be recorded to have been hit over those stands. Of those 18 home runs, seven were hit by Willie Stargell which shows the immense power that the Pirates slugger had. Stargell debuted for the Pirates in 1962 and spent his entire 21-year career in Pittsburgh, hitting 475 home runs and driving in 1,540 runs. Stargell was a premier power hitter during his era as he led the National League in home runs twice in 1971 and 1973. Stargell hit 48 home runs in 1971 and helped lead the Pirates to their fourth World Series title as well. In 1973, along with his league-leading 44 long balls, Stargell led the league in RBI with 119.
At the age of 39 in 1979, Stargell turned in a career year in which he hit 32 home runs in just 126 games and won the National League MVP. Stargell also won the NLCS MVP on his way to leading the Pirates to another World Series title. In the World Series, Stargell hit 12-for-30 with three home runs and four doubles for 25 total bases. His total bases in the World Series tied Reggie Jackson’s 1977 performance for a World Series record and his seven extra-base hits set another record. Stargell was named World Series MVP, becoming the only player to ever win all three MVP awards for a season.
Pirates fans greatly appreciate the legacy of Willie Stargell as one of the best players in franchise history and they can now find deals on some great autographed collectibles from his career. Stargell’s signed memorabilia is sure to increase in value over time and will make for amazing additions to any Pirates fans collections. Every piece of autographed Stargell collectibles come 100% guaranteed authentic and will look great showcased in your home or office.
Collecting Willie Stargell Memorabilia