Willie McCovey has died at the age of 80. The story is here.
McCovey may be the Giant most beloved by the fans since the team moved to San Francisco. He wasn’t the first star the team developed after the move (that would be Orlando Cepeda), but he was the first that San Francisco fans really fell in love with. He continued to be associated with the Giants up to the end. The part of the bay just over the right field wall is named after him (McCovey Cove), and he attended the Giants’ last home game this season.
There are stories that pitchers and infielders feared him, not because he was such a good hitter (although he was), nor because he was a nasty guy (he definitely wasn’t). It’s because he would hit line drives so hard that they were afraid they’d get hurt.
McCovey hit one of those line drives right at Bobby Richardson to end the 1962 World Series. The Giants would probably have won the game and the Series if McCovey’s liner hadn’t been right to Richardson.