Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Stretch

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986, Willie McCovey played hurt most of his professional career. That didn't stop him from leading the National League in homers three times and in RBI's twice. In addition, McCovey was National League Rookie of the Year in 1959 and was an 6-time All Star as well as the National League Most Valuable Player 1969.

In his major league debut on July 30, 1959, Willie McCovey went 4-for-4 including two triples off future Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts.

Sparky Anderson once said of McCovey, "If you pitch to him he'll ruin baseball. He'd hit 80 home runs. There's no comparison between McCovey and anybody else in the league."

Baseball needs more McCovey's.


QuakerDave said...

They don't make them like this guy much any more...

WayneDawg said...

You know it QD!