San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey dies at 80

SAN FRANCISCO — Hall-of-Fame baseball legend Willie McCovey has died at the age of 80, the San Francisco Giants announced Wednesday.

McCovey “passed away peacefully” after a battle with ongoing health issues, the team wrote.

The legendary lefty first baseman played 19 seasons for the Giants along with brief stints for the San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics. He is the namesake of AT&T Park’s iconic McCovey Cove, where home run balls often splash down just beyond the park’s right field wall.

McCovey was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1959, the National League MVP in 1969 and a six-time All-Star. He was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.

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