#4696 – 2012 First-Class Forever Stamp - Major League Baseball All-Stars: Willie Stargell

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U.S. #4696

2012 45¢ Willie Stargell

MLB All-Stars

 

Issue Date: July 20, 2012

City: Cooperstown, NY

Quantity: 20,000,000

Printed By: Avery Dennison

Printing Method: Photogravure

Perforations: Die Cut 11

Color: multicolored

 

The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates were struggling early in the baseball season.  Team captain Willie Stargell (1940-2001) insisted they adopt as their theme the song “We Are Family.”  The Pirates caught fire, and Stargell led the way.  They called him “Pops.”  He was 39 years old, and became the oldest player to win the Most Valuable Player award.

 

Early in his career, Stargell was a productive player and occasional All-Star, but not quite realizing his potential.  It wasn’t until the Pirates moved out of gigantic Forbes Field and into a new, normal-sized ballpark in 1970 that Stargell’s power really shone through.  He was big and burly; a menacing figure in the batters’ box.  He didn’t just hit a lot of home runs (475 in all), he hit them far – great, titanic blasts.  One opposing pitcher remarked, “He doesn’t just hit pitchers.  He takes their dignity.”

 

In the years following his career, Stargell struggled with kidney problems that sapped him of his mammoth strength.  The Pirates honored him for his contributions to the team and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  On April 9, 2001, the Pirates opened a brand new ballpark, complete with a Willie Stargell statue out front.  He never saw it, having died earlier that morning.

 

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U.S. #4696

2012 45¢ Willie Stargell

MLB All-Stars

 

Issue Date: July 20, 2012

City: Cooperstown, NY

Quantity: 20,000,000

Printed By: Avery Dennison

Printing Method: Photogravure

Perforations: Die Cut 11

Color: multicolored

 

The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates were struggling early in the baseball season.  Team captain Willie Stargell (1940-2001) insisted they adopt as their theme the song “We Are Family.”  The Pirates caught fire, and Stargell led the way.  They called him “Pops.”  He was 39 years old, and became the oldest player to win the Most Valuable Player award.

 

Early in his career, Stargell was a productive player and occasional All-Star, but not quite realizing his potential.  It wasn’t until the Pirates moved out of gigantic Forbes Field and into a new, normal-sized ballpark in 1970 that Stargell’s power really shone through.  He was big and burly; a menacing figure in the batters’ box.  He didn’t just hit a lot of home runs (475 in all), he hit them far – great, titanic blasts.  One opposing pitcher remarked, “He doesn’t just hit pitchers.  He takes their dignity.”

 

In the years following his career, Stargell struggled with kidney problems that sapped him of his mammoth strength.  The Pirates honored him for his contributions to the team and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  On April 9, 2001, the Pirates opened a brand new ballpark, complete with a Willie Stargell statue out front.  He never saw it, having died earlier that morning.