Po's Peek at the Past

Willie Stargell and Savoring Summer


August 8, 2019

The Pittsburgh Pirates meant everything to me while growing up in Central Pennsylvania in the late '50s and early '60s. I knew the team inside and out – the lineup, the coaches, the announcers, even the advertisers on the TV and radio commercials.

I had most of the Pirate statistics memorized, including the then-current batting averages of Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, their RBIs, home runs, walks and on-base percentages. I could tell you the number of times Clemente stole a base and the number of times he was picked off trying to do so. I'm sure I could also recall the number of...

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