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 Post subject: A question about Willie Stargell
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:11 am 
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I was just wondering...was not Willie Stargell in any Home Run Derbys?

Didn't they have Home Run Derbys when he was playing?

If there were Home Run Derbys when he was playing, you would think he would have at least been in one of them.

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:17 am 
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Nope. The home run derby started in the late 80s and Pops was gone by the early 80s.


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:44 am 
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val, I thought I once saw a broadcast of an early Home Run Derby with Hank Aaron participating.

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:51 am 
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val, I answered my own question by searching Wikipedia. There was a Home Run Derby (TV Series) and Hank Aaron was involved. This series on TV took place before Willie Stargell came onto the seen and was the catalyst for the modern Home Run Derby we have today.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home%20Run%20Derby%20(TV%20series)

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
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Well, you learn something new everyday.

1960. Hmm. You are older than I am.... :D


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:22 am 
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The original series is intact, having been rerun on ESPN from December 17 to 28, 1988 and July 10 to October 28, 1989.


I wasn't alive during the original broadcasts, but I certainly did watch the replays in the spring/ summer of 1989 after I graduated from college. The Wiki article insists that the show took place in Los Angeles, but I'm confident it was Wrigley Field in Chicago. The ivy was on the walls. Anyway, great show and I wish that my Dad's favorite Pirate (Ralph Kiner) or my favorite Pirate (Pops Stargell) had been able to compete.


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:34 am 
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Charleston_Charlies wrote:
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The original series is intact, having been rerun on ESPN from December 17 to 28, 1988 and July 10 to October 28, 1989.


I wasn't alive during the original broadcasts, but I certainly did watch the replays in the spring/ summer of 1989 after I graduated from college. The Wiki article insists that the show took place in Los Angeles, but I'm confident it was Wrigley Field in Chicago. The ivy was on the walls. Anyway, great show and I wish that my Dad's favorite Pirate (Ralph Kiner) or my favorite Pirate (Pops Stargell) had been able to compete.

That would have been around the time the current incarnation of the HR derby was getting underway. I presume it was re-run to gin up interest in the derby.


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
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Charleston_Charlies wrote:
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The original series is intact, having been rerun on ESPN from December 17 to 28, 1988 and July 10 to October 28, 1989.


I wasn't alive during the original broadcasts, but I certainly did watch the replays in the spring/ summer of 1989 after I graduated from college. The Wiki article insists that the show took place in Los Angeles, but I'm confident it was Wrigley Field in Chicago. The ivy was on the walls. Anyway, great show and I wish that my Dad's favorite Pirate (Ralph Kiner) or my favorite Pirate (Pops Stargell) had been able to compete.


I've never watched the old Derby, but I do know there was also a Wrigley Field in LA. The Angels played in it their first season. Does anyone know how similar the two of them were?

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
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Here's a youtube of Mickey vs Killebrew.



This is sooooo amazingly quaint. I love it. I'd watch this over the media-fueled HR Derby anyday.


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
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val wrote:
Well, you learn something new everyday.

1960. Hmm. You are older than I am.... :D


Although I was very at the time (circa 1960) :D , I think I saw those TV series broadcasts on ESPN Classics several years ago.

And donburgh, I wasn't aware that there was another "Wrigley Field' in LA where the Angels played at one time.

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
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Here's a youtube of Mickey vs Killebrew.



This is sooooo amazingly quaint. I love it. I'd watch this over the media-fueled HR Derby anyday.


Yep val, I agree and I remember those shows were fun to watch (I guess you can still view these shows on ESPN Classics, on You Tube, and or on DVD. Not the glitz and glimmer of today's Home Run Derby.

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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
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I watched HR Derby as a kid. It was a hoot to us...We played HR Derby with whiffle balls all the time....Showing my age... :lol: :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: A question about Willie Stargell
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I stand corrected. There indeed was a field in Los Angeles called Wrigley Field. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrigley_Field_%28Los_Angeles%29 In addition to being used for the Home Run Derby TV show, the field was used for several movies including our very own Angels in the Outfield!
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Some closeups were filmed there for insertion into the 1951 film Angels in the Outfield, a film otherwise set at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.


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