Giants legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passes away at the age of 80

Baer on McCovey: 'Our collective hearts are broken'

Karl Buscheck
October 31, 2018 - 5:24 pm

The San Francisco Giants announced that club legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 80 after a long battle with ongoing health issues.

McCovey, who was born in 1938, was 80. 

The Giants offered a statement from president and CEO Larry Baer:

“San Francisco and the entire baseball community lost a true gentleman and legend, and our collective hearts are broken," Baer said. "Willie was a beloved figure throughout his playing days and in retirement. He will be deeply missed by the many people he touched.  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.”

“Willie’s greatest passion was his family and our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife, Estella, and his daughter, Allison, and her children Raven, Philip, and Marissa,” Baer said.

Dating back to 1980, the Giants have given out the Willie Mac Award, which honors the Giants player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership consistently shown by McCovey during his career.

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