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San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bondswins the National League Most Valuable Player  for a record seventh time

San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds, who is the only player to be the National League Most Valuable Player more than three times, is named by the Baseball Writers Association of America for a record seventh time, including an unprecedented fourth consecutive season. Bonds finished 2004 with a .362 batting average, 45 home runs and 101 RBI. Winning the honor at the age of 40, Bonds surpasses Willie Stargell (39) as the oldest player to win the award.

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For the first time in major league history, two players share the Most Valuable Player Award

1979 – For the first time in major league history, two players share the Most Valuable Player Award. The National League co-winners are Willie Stargell, the spiritual leader of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hit .281 with 32 home runs, and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez, who led the NL in runs (116), doubles (48) and batting average (.344).

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At Jack Murphy Stadium, Steve Garvey becomes the first two-time MVP in All-Star history. The Dodgers first baseman’s game-tying, two-run single and a triple help the National League beat the American League, 7 – 3. Vida Blue starts for the NL, the first pitcher to start for both leagues. Blue also started in 1971 and 1975 for the American League.

At Jack Murphy Stadium, Steve Garvey becomes the first two-time MVP in All-Star history. The Dodgers first baseman’s game-tying, two-run single and a triple help the National League beat the American League, 7 – 3. Vida Blue starts for the NL, the first pitcher to start for both leagues. Blue also started in 1971 and 1975 for the American League.

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Pete Rose wins the National League MVP Award 

1973 – Pete Rose wins the National League MVP Award in a controversial vote, edging out Willie Stargell. Rose led the NL with 230 hits and won his third batting crown with a .338 mark. Stargell led the league with 44 home runs, 119 runs batted in, and a .646 slugging percentage while batting .299.

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For the second time in his career, Pirate Willie Stargell hits one out of Dodger Stadium.

For the second time in his career, Pirate Willie Stargell poles one out of Dodger Stadium. His blast off Andy Messersmith hits the right field pavilion roof 470 feet away. His first home run, a 506-foot shot, came off Alan Foster on August 5, 1969. No other player has hit a fair ball out of the stadium. Los Angeles wins, 7 – 4.

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Joe Torre, who hit 24 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals and led the National League in RBI (137) and batting average (.363), wins the MVP Award over Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates (48, 125, .295). Torre receives 318 points to Stargell’s 222.

Joe Torre, who hit 24 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals and led the National League in RBI (137) and batting average (.363), wins the MVP Award over Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates (48, 125, .295). Torre receives 318 points to Stargell’s 222.

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Willie Stargell hits three home runs, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10 – 2 victory over the Atlanta Braves

1971 – Willie Stargell hits three home runs, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10 – 2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Stargell, who also hit three home runs against Atlanta on April 10th, will set a major league record – since broken – for the most home runs in April with eleven.

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At Three Rivers Stadium, Willie Stargell hits an 8th-inning homer into the 70-foot high right field upper deck, the first player to hit one up there. The pitch is served up by Mets reliever Ron Taylor. The next two hit up there will also be by Stargell, who will hit four of the first 7; Bob Robertson, Phillie Greg Luzinski, and Bobby Bonilla, in 1987, will also reach the seats. The Pirates win, 8 – 3. Nolan Ryan is the loser, allowing four runs in six innings, allowing three hits, walking seven and striking out 10.

1970 – At Three Rivers Stadium, Willie Stargell hits an 8th-inning homer into the 70-foot high right field upper deck, the first player to hit one up there. The pitch is served up by Mets reliever Ron Taylor. The next two hit up there will also be by Stargell, who will hit four of the first 7; Bob Robertson, Phillie Greg Luzinski, and Bobby Bonilla, in 1987, will also reach the seats. The Pirates win, 8 – 3. Nolan Ryan is the loser, allowing four runs in six innings, allowing three hits, walking seven and striking out 10.

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Willie Stargell becomes the first player to hit a home run completely out of Dodger Stadium.

Willie Stargell becomes the first player to hit a home run completely out of Dodger Stadium. The 512-foot, 7th-inning, bases-empty blast breaks a 3 – 3 tie, helping the Pirates defeat Los Angeles, 11 – 3. The 2,500th career hit of Roberto Clemente and a two-run homer from Bill Mazeroski figure prominently in Pittsburgh’s seven-run 9th inning. Taking a no-decision in what will prove to be his final Major League appearance is Dodger starter Don Drysdale, pitching with a torn rotator cuff, which, despite assurances that it is “something I’m going to have to learn to pitch with,” will lead to his retirement within less than a week.

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Willie Stargell splashes a pitch over the RF fence into the municipal swimming pool at Jarry Park.

Despite four homers by Montreal, the Pirates beat the Expos, 8 – 7, scoring three in the 8th and three in the 9th. The Pirates’ only homer comes in the 8th inning with Matty Alou on second base and Dan McGinn pitching, when Willie Stargell splashes a pitch over the RF fence into the municipal swimming pool at Jarry Park.

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Before a crowd of 50,671 at Fulton County Stadium, the Braves play their first game in Atlanta after moving from Milwaukee. Joe Torre hits two home runs for the Braves, but Willie Stargell spoils the occasion with a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3 – 2 victory.

1966 – Before a crowd of 50,671 at Fulton County Stadium, the Braves play their first game in Atlanta after moving from Milwaukee. Joe Torre hits two home runs for the Braves, but Willie Stargell spoils the occasion with a two-run homer in the 13th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3 – 2 victory.

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