Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player. For twenty-one seasons (1962 to 1982), he played at the left-fielder and first-base positions with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Born Wilver Dornel Stargell, he was raised in Alameda, California and signed as an amateur free agent in 1958 by the Pirates directly out of high school. He marked his Major League debut on September 16th, 1962, and appeared in 10 games that year, recording a .290 batting average. During the course of his career, he led the league twice in home runs with 48 in 1971 and 44 in 1973, runs batted in with 119 in 1973, doubles with 43 in 1973 and slugging percentage with .646 in 1973. He was a key player on the Pirates' team which won the 1971 World Series Title and belted 32 home runs in 1979, as he shared National League MVP honors with St. Louis Cardinals' first-baseman Keith Hernandez. Stargell was recipient of the 1979 NLCS MVP, as he batted .455 and earned the 1979 World Series MVP, after contributing 3 home runs, 7 RBIs with a .400 batting average for the Pittsburgh squad which captured the 1979 World Series Title. In 2,360 career regular season games, he amassed 2,232 hits with 475 home runs, 1,540 runs batted in and a .282 lifetime batting average, while achieving All-Star status seven-times (1964 to 1966, 1971 to 1973 and 1978). Following his playing career, Stargell served as a coach for his former manager Chuck Tanner with the Pirates (1985) and Atlanta Braves (1986 to 1988). He was elected in his first year of eligibility to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.
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