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Willie Stargell

American professional baseball player and coach

Willie Stargell is ...


Born 6 March 1940 in Earlsboro
Died 9 April 2001 in Wilmington
Age 61 years, 1 months
Cause cerebrovascular disease

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Occupation baseball player
Awards Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award, Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year and Horatio Alger Award
Sport baseball
Member of sports team Pittsburgh Pirates

About Willie Stargell

Willie Stargell was a legendary American professional baseball player and coach, born on March 6, 1940, in Earlsboro, Oklahoma. He was a left-handed hitter and a first baseman, who played his entire 21-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stargell was known for his powerful swing, which earned him the nickname "Pops."

Stargell was drafted by the Pirates in 1958 and made his major league debut in 1962. He quickly established himself as a star player, earning his first All-Star selection in 1964. Stargell was a key player on the Pirates' championship teams in 1971 and 1979, and he was named the Most Valuable Player of the National League in 1979.

Stargell was also known for his leadership and his positive attitude. He was a mentor to many of his teammates, and he was beloved by fans for his infectious smile and his charitable work off the field. After retiring as a player in 1982, Stargell remained with the Pirates as a coach and advisor until his death in 2001.

Stargell's legacy lives on in the baseball world. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988, and the Pirates retired his number 8 jersey in 1983. He was also posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.


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