Sunday, February 12, 2012

1976 KELLOGG'S WILLIE STARGELL

WATCH OUT! IT'S 3-D SUPER STARGELL
ABOUT TO WAVE THAT BAT.
WILVER CERTAINLY GAVE MANY A PITCHER THE WILLIES.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • I've just recently taken a liking to these kitschy Kellogg's cards. This is the only one I have, purchased recently at an antiques/collectibles show. 
  • Willie Stargell never looked good with a beard.

THE BACK PAGE

  • Topps should've studied this write-up. Now that's how you do it.
  • However for '76 and '77, Pops continued to look like he was ready to retire to the rocking chair, hitting 20 and 12 homers. He began a renaissance in '78, clubbing 28 and then 32 in '79, when he shared the NL MVP award with Keith Hernandez
  • Stargell was more than light-tower power, a fact that always eludes me until I look over his numbers closely and read his biography.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Looks like Three Rivers in the background had its upper-deck seats removed. 
  • 3-D technology in the '70s was, um, interesting.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Fitting that Stargell swung a sledgehammer in the on-deck circle because he could bludgeon the ball. At one point, he held the record for longest homer in almost half of the NL parks. 
  • Here are some long-ball highlights from Pops: Hit the first HR in Shea Stadium; hit two of the four balls that completely left Dodger Stadium; hit the only fair ball to reach the upper deck at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. His homers should've qualified him for frequent flier miles. 
  • Great quote from Don Sutton: "I never saw anything like it. He doesn't just hit pitchers; he takes away their dignity.'' 
  • Who didn't love how he waved the bat while waiting for the pitch?
  • And then there's '79 when the Pirates, led by Pops, upset the Orioles in the Series. While I took some ribbing from my Pittsburgh-native dad for the second time in the decade, it was kind of hard to hate the '79 Pirates. Like in '71 with class act Clemente leading the way, Stargell's ability to hit and lead made me have to grudgingly tip my cap to them. Do you know how long it took me to do that? A long time.
  • Stargell Stars were all the rage in '79 as a way for Pops to reward good play during the season.

STARGELL CAP FROM '80.
 UNFORTUNATELY, NOT MINE

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