Arts
5:40 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Pops Gets His Own Stamp

Pittsburgh Pirates Hall Of Famer Willie Stargell will be honored by the U.S. Postal Service with his own first class stamp. WECT-TV in Wilmington, NC got the OK from the Postal Service to report the new stamp on Wednesday, a day before it was officially announced. Stargell lived in Wilmington until he died in 2001. His wife's twin sister works at the station. Stargell played for the Pirates from 1962 to 1982, hit 475 home runs, and led the Pirates to a pair of World Series victories.

Stargell's stamp is one of four recently issued by the USPS featuring Baseball Hall of Famers. Stamps honoring New York Yankees star Joe DiMaggio and Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, are already out. A fourth stamp featuring a yet-to-be announced player will come out next year.

Stargell's wife Margaret Weller-Stargell says he "would be humbled by this extraordinary honor." He died in April 2001, the same day that PNC Park opened.