RIP Stretch

Willie McCovey

Just saw that Willie McCovey died. He was 80. For years he joined Willie Mays as a terrific three-four combination in the San Francisco Giants batting order. He ended up with 521 home run, tied with Ted Williams, the most be any left-handed hitter in the history of the National League (since broken). He made the Hall of Fame and McCovey Cove beyond right field in San Francisco is named in his honor. He was 6″4′ and was known for being a big target at first base. That combination got him the nickname “Stretch.” He is perhaps best known for the drive that ended the 1962 World Series in Bobby Richardson’s glove.
Although never a Giants fan, I always admired McCovey. RIP “Stretch.”

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3 Responses to “RIP Stretch”

  1. wkkortas Says:

    I think playing in Mays’ shadow–plus the fact he was platooned early in his career–has made McCovey under-appreciated. As I noted here once some time ago, nobody ever wore the high cutout stirrups like Stretch did.

  2. rjkitch13 Says:

    I saw him towards the end of his career. He still was intimidating in that batter’s box.

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