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Throwback: McCovey leads Giants to win in MLB debut

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Editor’s Note: With the passing of Willie McCovey on Wednesday at 80-years-old, we’re looking back on his first MLB game.

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, July 30th, 1959. The Giants won 7-2 over the Phillies at Seals Stadium in San Francisco, California.

The Giants improved to 56-45 on the season with the win. The Phillies fell to 42-57 with the loss.


Joe Koppe and Wally Post led the Phillies with two hits each. Koppe and Richie Ashburn had an RBI each, while Joe Lonnett and Robin Roberts scored.

Willie McCovey in his MLB debut led the Giants with three hits. He also had four hits and two RBIs. Willie Mays and Daryl Spencer also had an RBI each, while McCovey scored three runs, Mays and Eddie Bressoud scored twice.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Daryl Spencer singled to left field to score Willie McCovey to increase the lead to 7-2. Earlier in the inning, McCovey singled between left field and center field that scored Willie Mays.

McCovey also scored in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 5-2 on a wild pitch by Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts. McCovey singled to right field earlier in the inning to score Mays to make it 4-2. Mays also singled to left field that allowed Bressoud to score, as the score increased to 3-2.

The Phillies tied the game at 2 all in the top of the fifth inning. Ashburn singled to right field that allowed Roberts to score to tie the game. One batter earlier, Koppe singled to center field that allowed Lonnett to score.

The Giants increased the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning as Willie Kirkland reached base on a fielder’s choice. McCovey scored.

San Francisco took the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Mays stole second base and Bressoud ran home on a double-steal for a 1-0 lead.

Mike McCormick received the win, as he improved to 10-8 on the season. He went nine innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits. He also struck out seven batters and walked twice.

Roberts received the loss, as he fell to 9-10 on the season. He allowed seven runs, but only two were earned runs on nine hits. He also walked two batters.


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