Friday, December 26, 2014

NICKNAMES OF THE '70'S #17: "POPS" WILLIE STARGELL

Next up in my fun series of "Nickname" cards is none other than Pittsburgh Pirates legend Willie Stargell, aka "Pops".
Take a look:


I designed the card with a 1979 template since that was the year Stargell led the Pirates to a World Championship, even winning a co-M.V.P. (with Keith Hernandez of the Cardinals).
Sure, he had better years during his Hall of Fame career, but '79 was the "We Are Family" season where Stargell took on a father-like leadership of the Pittsburgh team, and I remember that season, and that run, very well!
Besides his M.V.P. that season, Stargell also finished in second place for the award twice in his career, 1971 and 1973. And for good measure, he finished third in the running in between, in 1972.
Always a "big bopper", Stargell led the league in homers twice, runs batted in once, doubles once, and slugging once, all between the years of 1971 and 1974.
A seven-time all-star, by the time he retired after the 1982 season Stargell popped 475 home runs to go along with 1540 R.B.I.'s, 423 doubles, 1194 runs scored and a .282 batting average.
Absolutely loved in Pittsburgh, and throughout baseball, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988, being named on 352 of 427 ballots.
He played 21 years in the Major Leagues, and they were all for the Pirates.
"Pops"!

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