Great Baseball Moments- Willie Stargell’s 1979 World Series
In the 1971 World Series- it was Roberto Clemente’s showcase. The player who carried the Pirates offensively the entire season- with a league leading 48 home runs was Willie Stargell- but Stargell went into a slump in the playoffs and World Series. In the seven games Stargell went 5 for 24 .208 with one RBI.
In 1979 Willie Stargell at the age of 39 got a second chance. He had an outstanding regular season- he would be co-MVP of the National League with Keith Hernandez of the Cardinals. In the NLCS he was the MVP and in the World Series- he repeated Clemente’s heroics – and was also the MVP in the World Series coming up with clutch hit after clutch hit. For the 1979 series- Stargell hit .400 hitting 3 home runs and knocking in 7 and scoring 7 runs. The Pirates won the series coming back from being down 3 games to 1. The Pirates haven’t been back to the World Series since.