Willie McCovey

Joshua Case, Contributor

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Yesterday on October 31, a San Francisco Giants legend,Willie McCovey died due to health issues at the age of 80. He was apart of the Major League for an astounding 22 years of his life, 19 of those years he wore a jersey for the San Francisco Giants. He was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 1986. During his time in the Big Leagues, he played all 22 years at the number 3 position, first base. After his retirement, after the 1980 season, he continued to be an active influence in the sport of baseball as he worked in a role as a senior advisor to the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

Noting the passing of the legend, Giants President and CEO remarked,”San Francisco and the entire baseball community lost a true gentleman and legend, and our collective hearts are broken” he later continued,” Willie was a beloved figure throughout his playing days and in retirement. He will be deeply missed by the many people he touched”( ESPN ). Throughout his life, Willie chose to play the game he loved and help out in the community  in almost any way he could.

Willie was a very notorious power hitter during his time in the Major’s. He achieved the honor of hitting the most home runs by a left handed batter ever had in the Giants organization. That honor stayed with him until Barry Bonds broke the record during the 2001 season. He had an above average batting average almost every year during his career.

Although he achieved many honors during his career in the Major Leagues, including Rookie of the Rookie of the Year and the Major League MVP in the year 1969, he was never able to accomplish the greatest honor in the world if baseball, win the World Series. The closest that Willie ever got was in the 1962 season where in the bottom of the ninth he hit the ball that looked like it would score the winning run, but was caught by the New York Yankees second baseman, ending the rally and the game seven of the World Series. In 2014, McClovey remarked on this event, saying” I still think about it all the time” he later continues,” I still think, ‘If I could have hit a little more.'” (Espn). This phenomena of remembering the moment that could lead to something that the person wanted is very common among the players of sports throughout the world.

Willie had amazing dedication to the Giants organization, going all the way from inspiring the young giants fans who did camps at the field to learn like the pros do to attending games at At&t Park even until the conclusion of the Giants 2018 season.

In honor of him, his contributions to the community and his memory overall,  the city of San Francisco itself will hold a public celebration of the life of Willie McCovey.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/25138329/willie-mccovey-san-francisco-giants-legend-dies-80

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Joshua Case, Contributor

I am a junior at BFHS. I love to play sports and be active. I like to spend my free with my friends and keep a positive outlook on life.

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