Wednesday, October 31, 2018

RIP - Willie McCovey

Popular San Francisco Giants' slugger Willie McCovey passed away today, October 31, 2018 at age 80.

Along with Willie Mays, McCovey gave the Giants a great 1-2 punch throughout the 1960s and early 1970s.

(It seemed so weird to see him in a Padres' uniform for a few years in the mid-1970s.)

McCovey retired in 1980, having collected 521 home runs. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1959 and the NL MVP in 1969.

I remember back in the late-1960s/early-1970s, it seemed the most common response by pitchers to the question "Who is the toughest batter you've faced" was Willie McCovey.

San Francisco Chronicle obituary

New York Times obituary

ESPN obituary

1 comment:

Commishbob said...

It'd be hard to find someone who didn't just love McCovey. I think my favorite card of his is the 1970 but that '67 you posted is sweet as well.