Every Friday during Black History Month, I’ll be highlighting a black player who made an impact with the Pittsburgh Pirates. If you missed last week, I started off with Andrew McCutchen.
One of the biggest impacts any Pirate has made has been Willie Stargell. Impact is the key word. The power hitter set records for his tape-measure home run, including a 535 foot home run at Olympic Stadium, which is the longest in the game.
I’ve been to Olympic Stadium in the past, and learned of Stargell’s home run from the Gold Seat in the upper deck that marks where the ball landed. Stargell owned that record, and many others in stadiums he visited. It’s safe to say that if he ever played in PNC Park, he would have been responsible for some river shots, perhaps even on the fly.
Stargell finished with 475 home runs in his career, and won the MVP of the 1979 World Series. Below is a highlight reel to check out today of his performance in that series.
THIS WEEK ON PIRATES PROSPECTS
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This Week on First Pitch
MONDAY: The Pittsburgh Bob Nuttings
TUESDAY: Nice Week on Pirates Prospects
WEDNESDAY: Pirates Prospects Updates
FRIDAY: Willie Stargell
SATURDAY: Jimi Hendrix