McCovey, Willie

Willie Lee McCovey
Born: January 10, 1938, Mobile, Alabama
Played For: 
San Francisco Giants (1959-1973, 1977-1980), San Diego Padres (1974-1976), Oakland A's (1976)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1986

Although Willie McCovey played hurt throughout much of his 22-year career, the Giants first baseman used a sweeping swing to belt 521 homers and collect more than 2,200 hits. He led the National League in homers three times and in RBIs twice, also pacing the circuit in slugging percentage for three consecutive years (1968-70). McCovey earned National League MVP honors in 1969, 10 years after earning the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1959.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that in his Major League debut on July 30, 1959, Willie McCovey went 4-for-4, including two triples off future Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts?
If you pitch to him, he'll ruin baseball. He'd hit 80 home runs. There's no comparison between McCovey and anybody else in the league.
Sparky Anderson