MLB legend and Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey passed away on Wednesday at age 80.
The sad news was announced hours after Willie McCovey passing. Read on…
CelebNSports247.com reports Baseball has just lost a legend and a pioneer of the game following the news of Willie McCovey’s passing.
The Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey spent 19 of his 22 major-league seasons with the Giants and became one of the most beloved players in franchise history.
The Giants released this statement following the news of McCovey’s passing:
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.
His cause was not disclosed, but the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Mr. McCovey, who had used a wheelchair for several years, was hospitalized for an infection.
Mr. McCovey, who was nicknamed “Stretch” for his rangy 6-foot-4 frame, was recognized as one of the most fearsome hitters of his time. In his first big-league game, on July 30, 1959, he hit two singles and two triples off Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts.
Playing just two months of that season, Mr. McCovey compiled an average of .354 with 13 home runs and 38 RBIs and was unanimously named Rookie of the Year. – Washington Post
Our condolences go out to Willie’s family, friends and fans.