Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Favorite Players - Pirates Edition

My next team (in no particular order) is the Pittsburgh Pirates. My last little league team was the Pirates, so I have a special place in my heart for the Buccos.

How can anyone not love Roberto Clemente? No list of Pirates favorites would be legit without Clemente. Same "no-brainer" category as Tony Gwynn.

Willie Stargell was the first (non-Padres) player I remember being a fan of. I got the chance to meet him in the late '80s. He was friendly and ridiculously generous with his time and signature. Somewhere I have a 1983 Fleer card autographed by him. It will be donated to the 83 Fleer Project as soon as I find it. The '79 World Series was the first World Series that I remember watching. We are Family, me and Pops.

Mike LaValliere... Come on! Spanky! Gotta love him! If Bonds didn't have such a rag arm, Bream was OUT!!!


Anonymous said...

love the floating heads

gcrl said...

you are right about clemente.

the 79 series was the first one i remember not including the dodgers, as i started watching in 77. i do recall that the final game of the series pre-empted a very special episode of '8 is enough' (the one where adam rich burns down the house). i hated that earl weaver was making so many pitching changes!

Jeffrey Wolfe said...

Seeing Spanky LaValliere on there with the old Pops and Clemente is pure genuius.

White Sox Cards said...

I loved Spanky when he was on the White Sox! I remember seeing him hit an inside the park home run with the Sox, but I can't find evidence to support that.

Jeffrey Wolfe said...

My favorite memory of Spanky as a White Sox was a segment on Fox when he showed that he spray painted his bald spot with that fake hair stuff. I miss him.