WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The 8th annual Willie Stargell Celebrity Golf Tournament was held this weekend at the Country Club of Landfall, welcoming several former Major League Baseball players including Joe Morgan, Vida Blue and Tony Womack.
The late Willie Stargell passed away from kidney failure in 2001. Stargell's widow Margaret Weller-Stargell founded the Willie Stargell Foundation in her late-husband's honor. The foundation raises money to support kidney disease research and treatment for those individuals suffering with kidney disease. Approximately 26 million Americans are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and millions of others are at increased risk for the disease due to complications with CKD.
Former Pittsburgh Pirate teammate and lifelong friend Al Oliver shared some memories of "Pops."
"As a friend, he was always someone you could count on and that's what a true friend is regardless of the situation," said Oliver. "The best way I can sum it up is the same way I can sum up my other late, great teammate Roberto Clemente; they were both for real people, and in this world today, it's hard to find celebrity type people who are for real and he was for real."
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