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Willie McCovey, Hall of Famer and Giants legend, dies at age 80 | ESPN

Willie McCovey, Hall of Famer and Giants legend, dies at age 80 | ESPN Willie McCovey, the Hall of Fame first baseman who played 19 of his 22 seasons with the San Francisco Giants and slugged 521 career home runs, died Wednesday at age 80.

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The Giants said McCovey died “peacefully” after battling “ongoing health issues.” McCovey had been getting around in a wheelchair in recent years because he could no longer rely on his once-dependable legs, yet was still regularly seen at the ballpark in his private suite. He had attended games at AT&T Park as recently as the final game of the 2018 season.

Nicknamed “Stretch” because of his 6-foot-4 frame, McCovey teamed with Willie Mays to create a formidable 1-2 punch in the Giants’ lineup for the 13 seasons the two played together.


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