Friday, November 2, 2018

RIP Willie McCovey

I feel bad.

I actually didn't know Willie McCovey was still alive until I heard that he died. I think there are a handful of stars from the past that I probably couldn't tell you whether or not they are still with us. I guess my lack of interest in organizations outside of the one I root for are one of my biggest shortcomings as a fan.

Still, I did know he was a great player and revered by the fanbases that he played for, notably the Giants and Padres. I had no idea he had a short stint as an Oakland A until I saw a few photos on Twitter.

I also didn't know he was the original Big Mac, although it makes sense now that I think about it.

Regardless, I do have a few vintage McCovey cards that I keep in my son's HOF binder. Side note: I don't think I've updated that page in a few year, but I am constantly adding cards to this binder, many of which were sent by generous bloggers.

So with that, here are three that stick out. RIP, Stretch.


  1. I don't know if you watch the Dan Patrick show, but Johnny Bench was a guest yesterday and he was relaying some funny stories about competing against Willie McCovey.

    I wasn't aware that he hit 521 homers in his career, the same # as Ted Williams...

  2. Up until a couple of days ago, I didn't know that McCovey played on the A's... and I'm an A's fan.