Stargell Ball Public Art Dedication Saturday

Courtesy photo. The baseball bearing Willie Stargell's signature appears in the distance through the cut out of Stargell alongside Alameda Landing's new Safeway store.

An event honoring the Alameda and Encinal High School legend is during the same weekend in which the four newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be inducted in Cooperstown, New York

National Baseball Hall of Famer and Alameda legend Willie Stargell will have his monument dedicated during a special event on Saturday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Fifth Street and Wilver “Willie” Stargell Avenue in Stargell Plaza. The Stargell event is taking place during Hall of Fame weekend in which Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz will be formally inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Visitors are invited to come celebrate the dedication of the monument that will forever stand in his honor. This free event is open to the public and will include: DJ, games, balloon art, face painting, and baseball style snacks. Attendees will also have a chance to win an autographed Willie Stargell baseball. To enter to win, please RSVP to the event by emailing kdaskas@vestar.com. You must RSVP and be present at the event to be eligible to win.

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988, Stargell, who attended Encinal High School, was a feared power hitter, and a leader on the field and in the clubhouse during his 21 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, from 1962-1982. Primarily an outfielder at the beginning, he switched to first base in 1975. In 1964, the left-handed slugger belted 21 home runs, the first of 13 consecutive seasons in which he would hit 20 or more, en route to 475 for his career. Nicknamed Pops, the seven-time All-Star retired following the 1982 season.

The event takes place in Alameda Landing, a 72-acre master-planned project managed by the real estate company Vestar. Once home to the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Industrial Supply Center, the project features a 291,000-square-foot retail center, up to 300 units of housing; a planned waterfront district featuring additional retail and restaurants, commercial, waterfront promenade; and a Pilot estuary water taxi linking Alameda Landing and Oakland’s Jack London Square. Find out more at vestar.com.