First Pitch: Day Seventy Two – Willie Stargell

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.

Daily Links

**Baseball America’s First 2022 Mock Draft

**P2Daily: A Look a What Makes Colin Selby a Prospect to Watch


What Is Different About This Top Rated Pirates Farm System?

The Pirates Build: The Amateur Scouting Department

Demographics of the Pirates’ Prospects Over the Years — Positions

Williams: Walking and Chewing Gum

Carter Bins Has a Whole New Swing/Approach

Colin Selby Continues to Show Improvements After Recovering from Tommy John Surgery

Patience At The Plate Unlocks the Rest Of Sammy Siani’s Skillset

**Watch: Mitch Keller Hitting 101 mph, Drawing Comparisons to Gerrit Cole

**MLB, Players Agree on Universal DH, Draft Pick Compensation

**Williams: Skepticism About the Optimism From MLB Owners

**Card of the Day: 1995 Conlon Nicknames Burleigh Grimes

**This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History: February 11th, Pirates Trade for a Familiar Hall of Fame Pitcher

PBN Updates

First Pitch: Day Seventy – Pirates Prospects Updates

Song of the Day

This Week on First Pitch

MONDAY: The Pittsburgh Bob Nuttings

TUESDAY: Nice Week on Pirates Prospects

WEDNESDAY: Pirates Prospects Updates

THURSDAY: Conqueror

FRIDAY: Willie Stargell

SATURDAY: Jimi Hendrix

SUNDAY: Sadness