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Full Name: Willie Lee McCovey Primary Position: 1B,OF
Height/Weight: 6' 4"/198 First Game: July 30, 1959
Birthdate: January 10, 1938 Final Game: July 6, 1980
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama MLB Experience: 22 years
Bat/Throw: Left/Left
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986


Biography

Willie McCovey (Willie Lee McCovey) was born on January 10, 1938 in Mobile, Alabama. He made his Major League debut on July 30, 1959 for the San Francisco Giants. In 1959, his rookie year, he hit .354 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI. McCovey played for the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics over the course of his 22 year career.

Most people believe that Willie McCovey's best season was 1969, when he slugged 45 home runs, hit for a .320 average and knocked in 126 runs.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1959 SF N 52 192 32 68 13 38 .354 .429 .656 9 5 22 35 4 0 2 1 7
1960 SF N 101 260 37 62 13 51 .238 .349 .469 15 3 45 53 0 0 1 4 3
1961 SF N 106 328 59 89 18 50 .271 .350 .491 12 3 37 60 5 0 1 3 8
1962 SF N 91 229 41 67 20 54 .293 .368 .590 6 1 29 35 0 0 3 1 6
1963 SF N 152 564 103 158 44 102 .280 .350 .566 19 5 50 119 11 1 1 5 10
1964 SF N 130 364 55 80 18 54 .220 .336 .412 14 1 61 73 5 0 2 5 9
1965 SF N 160 540 93 149 39 92 .276 .381 .539 17 4 88 118 6 2 0 5 8
1966 SF N 150 502 85 148 36 96 .295 .391 .586 26 6 76 100 6 0 2 10 8
1967 SF N 135 456 73 126 31 91 .276 .378 .535 17 4 71 110 6 2 3 17 8
1968 SF N 148 523 81 153 36 105 .293 .378 .545 16 4 72 71 5 0 4 20 10
1969 SF N 149 491 101 157 45 126 .320 .453 .656 26 2 121 66 4 0 0 45 11
1970 SF N 152 495 98 143 39 126 .289 .444 .612 39 2 137 75 3 0 0 40 13
1971 SF N 105 329 45 91 18 70 .277 .396 .480 13 0 64 57 4 0 0 21 6
1972 SF N 81 263 30 56 14 35 .213 .316 .403 8 0 38 45 2 0 0 5 3
1973 SF N 130 383 52 102 29 75 .266 .420 .546 14 3 105 78 1 0 1 25 6
1974 SD N 128 344 53 87 22 63 .253 .416 .506 19 1 96 76 1 0 1 9 8
1975 SD N 122 413 43 104 23 68 .252 .345 .460 17 0 57 80 3 0 1 8 10
1976 SD N 71 202 20 41 7 36 .203 .281 .351 9 0 21 39 1 0 0 7 4
1976 OAK A 11 24 0 5 0 0 .208 .296 .208 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 1 0
1976 Total 82 226 20 46 7 36 .204 .283 .336 9 0 24 43 1 0 0 8 4
1977 SF N 141 478 54 134 28 86 .280 .367 .500 21 0 67 106 0 0 3 16 16
1978 SF N 108 351 32 80 12 64 .228 .298 .396 19 2 36 57 0 0 1 8 12
1979 SF N 117 353 34 88 15 57 .249 .318 .402 9 0 36 70 1 0 0 2 7
1980 SF N 48 113 8 23 1 16 .204 .285 .301 8 0 13 23 1 0 0 2 3
Total NL 2577 8173 1229 2206 521 1555 .270 .375 .516 353 46 1342 1546 69 5 26 259 176
Total AL 11 24 0 5 0 0 .208 .296 .208 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2588 8197 1229 2211 521 1555 .270 .374 .515 353 46 1345 1550 69 5 26 260 176

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1959 SF N 1B 51 49 408.2 424 29 5 29 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1960 SF N 1B 71 65 567.2 557 39 9 42 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1961 SF N 1B 84 79 710.1 669 55 11 55 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1962 SF N OF 57 53 368.1 81 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .976
1962 SF N RF 12 11 78 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1962 SF N LF 45 42 290.1 68 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .972
1962 SF N 1B 17 11 93 105 7 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1963 SF N 1B 23 14 144.1 143 14 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1963 SF N OF 135 131 1103.2 220 7 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 .942
1963 SF N RF 3 1 10.2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1963 SF N LF 133 130 1093 218 6 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 .945
1964 SF N RF 5 5 35 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .889
1964 SF N LF 78 75 592.1 86 4 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .938
1964 SF N 1B 26 21 190.1 177 14 7 19 0 0 0 0 0 .965
1964 SF N OF 83 80 627.1 96 5 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .935
1965 SF N 1B 156 150 1300 1310 87 13 93 1 0 0 0 0 .991
1966 SF N 1B 145 139 1221.1 1287 81 22 91 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1967 SF N 1B 127 123 1108.1 1221 81 15 102 1 0 0 0 0 .989
1968 SF N 1B 146 146 1257.1 1305 103 21 91 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1969 SF N 1B 148 148 1249.2 1392 79 12 116 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1970 SF N 1B 146 146 1241.1 1217 134 15 117 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1971 SF N 1B 95 95 795.1 828 63 15 80 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1972 SF N 1B 74 73 598.1 617 32 9 52 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1973 SF N 1B 117 116 920.1 930 76 12 89 0 0 0 0 0 .988
1974 SD N 1B 104 103 841 815 47 11 59 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1975 SD N 1B 115 115 916 979 73 15 94 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1976 SD N 1B 51 51 388 420 44 4 39 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1976 OAK A DH 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1977 SF N 1B 136 136 1079.1 1072 60 13 93 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1978 SF N 1B 97 95 728 721 44 10 49 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1979 SF N 1B 89 86 724.1 740 48 10 60 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1980 SF N 1B 27 26 235.2 241 12 2 18 0 0 0 0 0 .992
Total 1B 2045 1987 16718.2 17170 1222 233 1405 2 0 0 0 0 .987
Total OF 275 264 2099.1 397 14 23 2 0 0 0 0 0 .947
Total DH 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 20 17 123.2 24 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .962
Total LF 256 247 1975.2 372 11 21 2 0 0 0 0 0 .948

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by New York Giants (March 12, 1955).
  • Traded by San Francisco Giants with Bernie Williams to San Diego Padres in exchange for Mike Caldwell (October 25, 1973).
  • Sold by San Diego Padres to Oakland Athletics (August 30, 1976).
  • Granted free agency (November 1, 1976).
  • Signed by San Francisco Giants (January 6, 1977).

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