Willie McCovey, Hall of Famer and Giants Player, Dies at 80

Updated On 01 Nov, 2018 Published On

Willie McCovey, the Hall of Fame first baseman who played 19 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, has died. He was age 80.

The Giants, who was first to confirm Willie's death, said he died "peacefully" after battling "ongoing health issues."

The MLB player, who hit 521 career home runs and received the National League MVP award in 1969, died at Stanford Hospital on Wednesday, October 31, after what the team called "a battle with ongoing health issues".

He had been using a wheelchair for years and four years ago, he had a serious infection that nearly took his life. Willie recently developed another infection that led him to be hospitalized late last week.

During the Giants’ final home game of the season, Willie was rushed to the hospital but discharged thereafter, before he was hospitalized for the final time.

Larry Baer, the Giants president and CEO, said in a statement,

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.

He continued,

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.

The Giants paid tribute to the late MLB legend Wednesday afternoon by flying the flags at AT&T Park at half-staff.

Willie is survived by his daughter, Allison; three grandchildren, Raven, Philip, and Marissa; sister Frances and brothers Clauzell and Cleon.

His funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Rest In Peace Willie McCovey!

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