Thursday, November 01, 2018

RIP STRETCH

A sad day for all Giants fan as Willie McCovey passes away

Here's the top of the MLB.com story

Willie McCovey, one of the great left-handed power hitters of all time, a first-ballot inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 and a beloved member of the San Francisco Giants family, passed away peacefully Wednesday after a battle with health issues. He was 80 years old.
Nicknamed "Stretch" for the long arms and legs attached to his 6-foot-4 frame, McCovey and fellow Hall of Famer and Alabama native Willie Mays comprised the core of San Francisco Giants teams that gave opposing pitchers The Willies. McCovey's pull power was so prodigious that the China Basin that sits beyond the right-field wall at AT&T Park is affectionately referred to as "McCovey Cove," though McCovey never played there.
A statue of McCovey sits at the mouth of the Cove, which would have made for a fine target in his playing days.
McCovey's legacy: 'Mr. San Francisco Giant'
"He could hit a ball farther than anyone I ever played with," Mays once said of McCovey.
In the course of a career that spanned 22 seasons from 1959 to 1980 and included three teams -- the Giants, Padres and A's -- McCovey compiled 2,211 hits, 521 home runs, 353 doubles, 1,345 walks and 1,555 RBIs. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1959, the Most Valuable Player in 1969 and a six-time All-Star, winning All-Star MVP honors, also in '69.

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