Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Willie Stargell –“Pops” to teammates and baseball fans of all ages – will be honored on Saturday, July 21, in a special pregame ceremony at PNC Park with the dedication of the commemorative stamp that bears his image in his legendary batting stance.
The Pirates will host a private media unveiling in the PNC Park press conference room on Saturday at 6 p.m., followed by the pre-game on-field ceremony at 6:30 p.m. prior to the first pitch of the Pirates’ 7:05 p.m. game with the Miami Marlins at PNC Park.
On hand will be Willie Stargell’s widow, Margaret Stargell, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick R. Donahoe, Western PA Acting District Manager Robert Cintron, Pittsburgh Postmaster Joe Meimann and Pirates President Frank Coonelly.
Stargell (1940-2001) played 21 seasons with the Pirates and was a seven-time National League All-Star. He powered the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to a World Series title. During that special season, he was named National League regular season, National League Championship Series, and World Series Most Valuable Player. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.
Stargell joins fellow Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees, Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians, and Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox immortalized on a sheet of 45-cent First-Class stamps, in addition to single sheets for each athlete.