Happy 75th birthday, Willie McCovey

mccovey9Yesterday, in this space, we wished Ralph Terry a happy 77th birthday. Today we wish happy 75th birthday someone who is frequently paired with Terry: Willie McCovey.

“Stretch” is also paired with his San Francisco Giants teammate, Willie Mays, with whom he paired up to form one of the greatest hitting duos in MLB history.

McCovey played 19 years with the Giants hitting 469 homers. Willie finished his career with 521 homers and 1555 RBI, hitting .270.

McCovey won three home run crowns including in 1963 when he hit 44, his uniform number, tying him with Hank Aaron, who also wore #44, and like Big Mac was from from Mobile, Alabama.

What a pleasure it was to write this piece.