Willie McCovey, one of the most iconic players in Giants franchise history, died on Wednesday afternoon after a battle with ongoing health issues.
He was 80 years old.
Giants CEO Larry Baer issued the following statement regarding the passing of McCovey:
"San Francisco and the entire baseball community lost a true gentleman and legend, and our collective hearts are broken. Willie was a beloved figure throughout his playing days and in retirement. He will be deeply missed by the many people he touched. For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants – as one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth."
McCovey spent 19 of his 22 major league seasons with the Giants. The first baseman was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.
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