Known as “Pops,” Stargell played his entire 21-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Stargell was known for hitting monster home runs, some even clearing the bleachers and literally leaving the ballpark. He hit 475 homers and has a career average of .282. He won two championships with the Pirates and went to the All-Star Game seven times.
Did You Know:
Stargell would sign his autographs “Wilver Stargell,” suggesting that is what he preferred to be named. And Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully typically called him “Wilver Stargell.”
CC Celebrates Black History Month – The Pioneers of the Game of Baseball
Everyday for the month of February, CC will feature one of his baseball heroes as part of Black History month. Each one of the men had a profound effect on the game of baseball and was an inspiration to CC as he worked to become a Major League Baseball player.
To learn more about the rich tradition of African American players in baseball please visit here. To learn more about what Major League Baseball is doing to revive baseball in inner cities, please visit here.