Willie Stargell

(Wilver Dornell Stargell)

Willie Stargell
Willie Stargell
  • Born: March 6, 1940
  • Died: April 9, 2001
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Athlete









Wilver Dornell Stargell, nicknamed "Pops" in the later years of his career, was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire Major League Baseball (MLB) career (1962–1982) as the left fielder and first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League (NL). Over his 21-year career with the Pirates, he batted .282, with 2,232 hits, 423 doubles, 475 home runs, and 1,540 runs batted in, helping his team capture six NL East division titles, two National League pennants, and two World Series (1971, 1979). Stargell was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.

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A World Series trophy is a wonderful thing to behold.
Baseball for me was instinctive, born within me, given to me as a gift from God. Religion & God
Helping someone is what life is all about. Life
Human beings are pampered by the Lord. Their real tests don't come until later in life. Life
I always said that when it was time to retire, I would know it, and I would just tip my hat to the crowds. Time
I don't really feel that I deserve all my applause.
I eventually became proud of my strikeouts, because each one represented another learning experience. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I flailed my arm in a throwing motion before I could even walk.
I found myself in a race with Mother Nature to play as much baseball as I could before she forced me to stop. Nature
I gave out stars whenever an appropriate situation presented itself.
I love September, especially when we're in it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I loved to hit with men on base and with the game on the line.
I never did allow anything to keep me from my kids. They're the most important part of my life. Life
I never search for a reason why - I have faith in the Lord's purpose. Religion & God
I owe a large part of my success to Joe Brown, who helped me both as a player and a person. Success
I see a lot of people who love their jobs. I see some garbage collectors smiling as they go about their work. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I was always a self-proclaimed poor slider.
I was bred as an outcast, part Negro and part Seminole, in my early years raised as an Indian.
I was the most powerful left-handed hitter in the Alameda area.
I wasn't out drinking and abusing my body. I simply loved to go out and dance.
I would always reserve a special place in my heart for Pittsburgh.
If a reporter doesn't like the person he's writing about, it shows up in his article.
I'm a God-fearing man who worships with my heart and with my life. Life
I'm always amazed when a pitcher becomes angry at a hitter for hitting a home run off him. When I strike out, I don't get angry at the pitcher, I get angry at myself. I would think that if a pitcher threw up a home run ball, he should be angry at himself.
I'm proud of the fact that I'm the only player to hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium.
It's supposed to be fun, the man says 'Play Ball' not 'Work Ball' you know. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've always been a slave to my heart.
I've witnessed thousands of superior athletes try to becomes hitters and fail at it.
Judgment traps you within the limitations of your comparisons. It inhibits freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Life is one big transition. Life
Love soothes wounds, while hatred and violence deepen them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My first job after my retirement from baseball was as a narrator for the Eastman Philharmonica.
Never had I had so many friends and so much fun as I did in the projects.
Never was I booed.
Oakland revolved around Forbes Field. Nothing in the city could match that atmosphere.
People like us are afraid to leave ball. What else is there to do? When baseball has been your whole life, you can't think about a future without it, so you hang on as long as you can. Life ;Future
Playing baseball was my dream, and no amount of money could sway my opinion. Money, Coins & Minting
Reporters often forget that athletes are human beings.
Simple pleasures were all the pleasures that I knew as a child.
That's where the future lies, in the youth of today. Future
The bat is gone, but the smile remains.
The Giants were a good team, but our biggest enemy was said to be Candlestick Park.
There's nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street. Families, Children & Parenting
They give you a round bat and they throw you a round ball and they tell you to hit it square.
To be successful, one must take chances.
To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything. Life
To middle-class parents, the project team may have seemed unfit for children, but it was exactly what I needed.
Unfortunately, inner feelings and potential are often stunted by our parents, relatives or peers.
Vietnam helped me realize who the true heroes really are in this world. It's not the home-run hitters.
We all wore a 21 patch that one season as a silent tribute to our deceased teammate Roberto.
We devote our entire lives to becoming good ball players. We take batting practice until our hands bleed.
When we make a mistake, it becomes front-page news. We don't need any reporter telling us how badly we played.
You only have a few years to play this game and you can't play it if you're all tied up in knots.