Willie Stargell

Willie Stargell bats are amongst the most affordable, and perhaps underrated, Hall of Famer bats of the era. In addition to the fact that Stargell used H&B bats almost exclusively during his career, there are two key characteristics to note. First, Stargell employed two different ways of marking the knobs of his bats. Many Stargell bats are found with his uniform number (8) in large black marker. Some of his bats, however, feature his uniform number in Roman numerals (VIII) instead.

Second, to provide extra grip, Stargell would occasionally use tape along the handle. It was one continuous strip of tape, and the strip itself was extremely thin—the thinnest tape application you will ever see on a professional model bat. While Stargell used natural-colored bats for most of his career, he did start using bats with darker finishes starting in the late 1970s to the end of his playing days. Keep in mind that Stargell bats that date to the 1960s are much tougher to find than those from the 1970s onward.

Player Profile

Wilver Dornel Stargell (1940-2001) is the oldest player to earn either league’s Most Valuable Player Award when he captured it in 1979 at the age of 39.  Called “Pops’ by his teammates for his father-figure like nature, Stargell starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 21 seasons (1962-1982) where he led by example. Willie became the Pirates leader after the untimely death of teammate and Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente. Willie was one of the premier home runs hitters of his era, blasting 475 tape-measure shots that reached heights and distances and remain legendary. Stargell was one of two players to hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium, and he did it twice. Willie and his bat guided the Bucs to two World Series titles (1971, 1979) and was a seven-time All-Star selection. In 1979, he became the first player to swept the MVP awards honors when he shared the National League MVP Award with Keith Hernandez, and captured both the NLCS MVP Award and the 1979 World Series MVP Award. With a career riddled with injuries and nagging pain, Willie Stargell retired in 1982 after posting 2,232 hits, 1,195 runs, 1,540 RBI, 475 home runs and a career .282 batting average. Wilver Dornel Stargell was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.

SMR Price Guide
Approximate ValueImportant Notes
  • A PSA/DNA GU 9.5 Willie Stargell 1969-1972 bat sold for $5,036 in 2012