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Willie McCovey

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One of three "hated" Willies, if you grew up a Dodger fan in the 60s. The others were Mays and Stargell, whom Vinny always seemed to call Wilver. 

What a "Stretch" he had at first base................also is well-known for one of the most famous outs to end a World Series.

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In his major league debut as a 21-yr old in 1959 he went 4-4 with two triples and 2 RBI against future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts of the Phillies.

In 22 seasons with the Giants, his OPS was exactly .900.

Willie Mays would sometimes not stretch a single into a double so McCovey wouldn't be walked intentionally and the bat taken out of his hands.

 

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Some of my earliest baseball memories involve McCovey's imposing batting stance and the absolute bombs he would hit. He put fear into anyone playing first base because he could really put a charge in a struck ball. 

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Rest in peace, Willie McCovey. My three favorite non-Angels of his era were McCovey, Mays and Marichal.

McCovey was the bane of Don Drysdale. The Herald Examiner cartoonist Karl Hubenthal once drew a statistical display of McCovey with a huge bat approaching the plate to face Drysdale. The caption said: "Tall Will strode forth to face The Drysdale." The numbers showed Willie nearly had ownership rights over the Dodgers' co-ace.
 

 

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3 hours ago, eligrba4ever said:

Rest in peace, Willie McCovey. My three favorite non-Angels of his era were McCovey, Mays and Marichal.

McCovey was the bane of Don Drysdale. The Herald Examiner cartoonist Karl Hubenthal once drew a statistical display of McCovey with a huge bat approaching the plate to face Drysdale. The caption said: "Tall Will strode forth to face The Drysdale." The numbers showed Willie nearly had ownership rights over the Dodgers' co-ace.
 

 

McCovey vs Drysdale .336/.437/.680/1.117 yeah, he owned him.

 

McCovey to age 27  .272/.362/.526/.889 OPS+ 145

Trout to age 27  .307/.416/.573/.990 OPS+ 175

McCovey was great but Mike Trout is so much better. 

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8 hours ago, True Grich said:

Some of my earliest baseball memories involve McCovey's imposing batting stance and the absolute bombs he would hit. He put fear into anyone playing first base because he could really put a charge in a struck ball. 

growing up and playing pick up games at the local school, we all wanted to bat like Willie or Yaz. Monster lefty type swings! those were the days!

RIP Mr. McCovey!

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Pitcher Roger Craig, who would manage the Giants for seven-plus seasons (1985-92), recalled a time his manager with the Mets, Casey Stengel, went to the mound with McCovey at the plate.

“Where do you want to pitch him?” Stengel asked Craig. “Upper deck or lower deck?”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Willie-McCovey-Giants-legend-dead-at-80-13352886.php

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6 minutes ago, Angelsjunky said:

I was wrong about McCovey being the only guy to play in the 50s and 80s - there are actually a bunch. Here is a link to four-decade players:

https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Four-Decade_Players

Only 32 in baseball history, most recently Moyer, Griffey, and Vizquel, all of whom played in the 80s and 2010s.

You left out Albert who's been playing since the 40's.

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