May 19, 2017

Other memorabilia from his baseball playing days will be included in the upcoming SCP auction too:

Willie Stargell 1979 World Series Ring

Baseball Hall of Famer and Pirates legend, Willie Stargell’s 1979 NL MVP award and his 1979 World Series ring will be featured in an upcoming auction at SCP. His widow, who consigned the items hopes that the rare and valuable items wind up with baseball fans because “those are the people he played for,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The 1979 World Series ring, with it’s diamond-studded “P” was designed and manufactured by Jostens in solid 10-K yellow gold.

“It’s important to us that we share Willie’s memorabilia with baseball fans and collectors,” Margaret Weller-Stargell stated by email to the newspaper. “Those are the people he played for, and it’s our desire that his coveted awards wind up in the hands of those who will appreciate the items the most.”

An SCP Auctions spokesman says his organization believes the 20 items from Willie Stargell’s personal collection will bring in more than $500,000 at the conclusion of the auction which runs from May 24 to June 10.

Stargell, a long-time beloved sports figure in Pittsburgh who became known as “Pops” late in his career, died April 9, 2001, at age 61 following a stroke. The first baseman’s career was highlighted by 475 home runs and 1,540 runs. The Post-Gazette’s obituary at the time of his death truly captured his impact to the city, the fans, and to baseball:

“In a sport forever enslaved by its statistical minutiae, Stargell’s impact on the Pirates was far greater than the production that made him only the 17th player in baseball history to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. His numbers were dwarfed by his humanity.”

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