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Willie McCovey

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey

Profession: Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: 6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 1968 and 1969;

Born: January 10, 1938
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: October 31, 2018 (aged 80)
Cause of Death: An infection

Historical Events

  • 1959-07-30 In his MLB debut, SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4 in a 7-2 win over Philadelphia Phillies at Seal Stadium
  • 1959-08-02 Future Hall of Fame 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 MLB home runs in SF Giants 5-3 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1959-11-17 SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1969-07-23 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B
  • 1969-11-20 San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP
  • 1973-07-15 MLB San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey becomes 15th to hit 400 HRs, this one at Candlestick Park against Pittsburgh Pirate's Bob Moose
  • 1973-10-25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell
  • 1977-06-27 Willie McCovey smashes 2 HRs in inning for 2nd time (Apr 12, 1973)
  • 1977-08-01 San Francisco Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits NL record 18th MLB career grand slam
  • 1978-06-30 Giants' Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 HRs
  • 1979-06-14 NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record
  • 1980-05-03 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR
  • 1986-01-08 Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year
  • 1986-08-03 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
  • 1987-08-28 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs

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