Hall of Famer and Pirates icon Willie Stargell’s 1979 NL MVP award and 79 World Series ring are to be auctioned off by his widow, who hopes the items land with baseball fans because those are the people he played for, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
It’s important to us that we share Willie’s memorabilia with baseball fans and collectors, Margaret Weller-Stargell said in an email to the Post-Gazette. 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 he expects the 20 items from Stargell’s personal memorabilia to sell for more than $500,000 in the auction that runs from May 24 to June 10.
Lance McCullers Jr. wrote a simple message Tuesday on the memorial wall outside Marlins Park honoring late ace and fellow Tampa, Fla., high school product Jose Fernandez: Rest easy, my brother. I love you. We made it.
The Astros righthander underlined the We, he told the Houston Chronicle, adding that penning his tribute to Fernandez, who died in a boating accident last September, was tougher than I thought it was going to be.
The emotion will be thick Wednesday afternoon, too, when McCullers, 23, will take the mound in his home state, where he was a high school freshman and Fernandez, who had defected from Cuba, was a sophomore when they met in Tampa. They became workout partners the summer after McCullers’ freshman year.