Willie McCovey

Topps, 1972, #280: Willie McCovey. A Happy Birthday to the late Hall of Fame first baseman. The 6x All-Star and 1959 Rookie of the Year finished his career with 521 home runs leading the league three times. He spent 19 seasons in San Francisco, 3 in San Diego and 1 in Oakland. “Stretch” hit 12 home runs off of fellow Hall of Famer Don Drysdale (the most he hit against any pitcher) and his 231 long balls at Candlestick Park are the most by any player.

Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson had a larger than life respect for the damage McCovey could do, saying “I walked Willie McCovey so many times, he could have walked to the moon on all those walks.” Mac passed away this past October at Stanford University Medical Center with his long time friend and fellow Hall of Famer Joe Morgan as his beside.

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