Posts Tagged 'Willie Stargell'

(Belated) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/28/20

Pirates Win The 1979 World Series behind "POPS" Willie Stargell with a  historic comeback! - This Day In Baseball

They give you a round bat, and they throw you a round ball, and then they tell you to hit it square.”   —   Willie Stargell

(For whatever reason, I pulled out my Pittsburgh Steelers sweatshirt this morning, that my Dad had given me for Christmas, nearly 29 years ago.  I rarely wear it, because I’m primarily a Bills fan, and I just don’t look all that good in black and gold.  So, now I’m wearing it, walking the Wally, and I stop and think.  Hmm.  Did I post the Cryptoquote Spoiler yesterday???  Oh, crap!  I didn’t!  And, I was all set to pour out praise on one of my all-time favorite baseball players. 

“Pops” Stargell was awesome!  He played for 21 years, all for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He was a 7 time All-Star, won two World Series, a .282 lifetime batting average, with 475 Home runs, and 1540 RBI.  A first ballot Hall of Famer in 1988, he hit some of the longest home runs in baseball history.  He likely would’ve had a lot more home runs too, but his earlier years were played at the old Forbes Field, where center field was a whopping 457 ft.!  Dodger Stadium’s is a mere 395 ft.  Besides being a stud of a ball player, he was also one of the classiest and friendliest guys to ever play the game.  It was so great to see a quote from one of my heroes!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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