How much is Willie McCovey worth?
|Net Worth:||$4 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||January 10, 1938|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Willie McCovey
Willie Lee McCovey, nicknamed “Stretch,” “Mac,” and “Willie Mac,” was an American professional baseball player.
- Born: Jan. 10, 1938
- Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
- Height: 6-4
- Weight: 198 pounds
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Left
- Family: Divorced, one daughter, Allison
- Primary positions: First base and left field
Before the bigs:
- Signed with the New York Giants as an amateur free agent in 1955.
- Played for Giants farm club in Dallas that was part of Class AA Southern League, hitting .281 with 11 homers.
- Played a season and a half in Triple-A, batting .319 with 14 home runs and 89 RBI in 1958 at age 20 with the Pacific Coast League’s Phoenix Giants, then .372 with 29 home runs in three months before being called up to the major leagues.
- One of the most feared power hitters and top first basemen in history, “Stretch” McCovey batted .270 with 521 home runs, 1,555 RBI, 2,211 hits, 1,229 runs, 353 doubles, 46 triples, a .515 slugging percentage and a .374 on-base percentage in his 22-year career, 19 of which were spent with the San Francisco Giants. He spent his entire career playing for teams in California.
- Made Major League debut on July 30, 1959 when he went 4-for-4 against Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts. Had two triples and two singles that day.
- Played for the National League in the All-Star Game six seasons between 1963-71.
- Had a 22-game hitting streak as a rookie, which is still a Giants rookie record and four short of team record.
- Fnished the season with a .354 batting average en route to winning National League Rookie of the Year honors despit playing in just 52 games.
- McCovey slumped badly the following season — hitting .238 with 13 homers in 101 games — and was sent back to Triple-A Tacoma for a brief stint before returning to the Giants.
- On Oct. 16, 1962, he had infamous moment in the seventh game of the World Series against the New York Yankees. In the bottom of the ninth with two out and runners on second and third, he lined out to Bobby Richardson at second base to end the game, coming within inches of bringing the Giants a championship. It was the closest McCovey came to winning a World Series.
- Led the National League in home runs with 44 in 1963. He also led the league in 1968 (36) and 1969 (45) and finished among the top 10 seven other seasons.
- In 1968, he led the NL in RBI (105) and slugging percentage (.545)
- His best year statistically was in 1969, when he batted .320 and had career-highs of 45 home runs, 126 RBI and a slugging percentage of .656 to win MVP honors. It was the only year he won such an award though he was third in the National League voting the year before and ninth a year later.
- McCovey’s shortened rookie season and the ’69 season were the only two times that he finished with a batting average better than .300.
- In 1970, he led the NL in slugging percentage (.612) for the third consecutive year and drew a career-best and league-high 137 walks.
- McCovey led the National League in intentional walks four times.
- In 1974, he was traded to the San Diego Padres as part of a deal for pitcher Mike Caldwell. McCovey played for the Padres for two seasons. Near the end of the 1976 season, the Oakland A’s purchased his contract. He played just 11 games with them.
- He returned to Giants in 1977 and was the active career home run leader with 465. On June 27, 1977 against Cincinnati, he became first player to hit two home runs in same inning twice in his career (also achieved on April 12, 1973).
- At end of the 1977 season at age 39, he had 28 home runs, 86 RBI and was named The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year.
- On June 30, 1978, McCovey hit his 500th career home run. Two years later, hit his only home run of the season, his 521st career blast, to become one of three players to have homered in four different decades.
- His final game was July 6, 1980. He left the game tied with Ted Williams for 10th in career home runs.
- Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1986, his first year of eligibility, with 81.4 percent of votes.
- In 1999, TheSporting News ranked him No. 56 on its list of 100 Greatest Baseball Players.
- In 1980 and every year since, Giants award the Willie Mac Award in recognition of his leadership and spirit.
- The inlet of the San Francisco Bay adjacent to the right field fence of the Giants’ AT&T Park is named McCovey Cove in his honor.
- The Giants retired his number (44), which McCovey wore in honor of a fellow native from Mobile, Ala., Hank Aaron.
- As of 2012, McCovey still serves as a senior advisor with the Giants.
- In 1996, McCovey was fined and placed on two years’ probation for tax charges on improper reports of income he earned from 1988-90.
- Owns a restaurant in Walnut Creek, CAlif.
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