January 10, 1938,
in Mobile, Alabama
San Francisco Giants
Willie Lee McCovey
Major League Debut:
Teams Played For:
San Francisco Giants (1959-1973, 1977-1980), San Diego Padres (1974-1976), Oakland A's (1976)
1962 World Series, 1971 NLCS
1963, 1966, 1968-1971; National League Most Valuable Player 1969; NL Rookie of the Year 1959
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 RBI 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 National League Rookie of the Year in 1959.
"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
Did You Know?...
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
Hall of Fame
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 1986, Player
346 votes on 425 ballots 81.41%
Hall of Fame Teammate:
Hall of Fame Biography video: http://m.mlb.com/video/v3979117/