1983 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Have a clear vision and never lose sight of it."
Willie Stargell was born in Earlsboro, Oklahoma, in 1940, but moved to California when he was six. In 1962, he became an outfielder and first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with whom he had a 21-year career. He batted .282, with 2,232 hits, 423 doubles, 475 home runs, and 1,540 runs batted in. In 1969, he became the first player to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium, a feat that was not matched for 30 years. He helped his team capture six National League East division titles, two National League pennants, and two World Series (1971, 1979). In 1979, he became the only player ever to earn the NLCS, World Series, and National League MVP in a single year, and Sports Illustrated named him Sportsman of the Year. Stargell was also the oldest player, at 39, to win the title of Most Valuable Player. In 1999, he ranked No. 81 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.* Deceased