By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey died on Wednesday afternoon after battling an illness. He was 80-years-old.
“It is with great sadness that we announce that San Francisco Giants Legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 80 after losing his battle with ongoing health issues,” the Giants said in a statement.
The Mobile, Alabama native was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player in 1986. He received 346 out of a possible 425 votes from the BWAA.
“Willie McCovey was one of our game’s greatest power hitters. He won the National League MVP in 1969 and, alongside fellow Hall of Famer and Alabama native Willie Mays, was a key part of many memorable Giants’ teams. For 22 years on the field and many more after retiring, Willie was a superb ambassador for the Giants and our game.
“When the Giants moved to their new ballpark, they appropriately honored Willie through the naming of McCovey Cove, where a new generation of fans learned about his remarkable career. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Willie’s family, friends and all fans of the Giants.”
McCovey made his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 30th, 1959, as a 21-year-old, who went 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs. His final game came on July 6th, 1980 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, as he went 0-for-0 with an RBI.
In his career, he was a 6-time All-Star. He also was an All-Star Game MVP.
The legend also was the 1969 MLB MVP and the M.L. Player of the Year. He also received the Rookie of the Year in 1959.
He ended his career with 521 home runs. That’s 20th all-time on the home run list.
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