Category Archives: Willie McCovey Collection

Willie McCovey’s MVP Season Of 1969

Willie McCovey’s MVP Season Of 1969

Willie McCovey had some spectacular seasons during his 22-year baseball career.

But the one he is most known for came in 1969 – when he won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award.

In ’69, he had an on-base percentage of 45.3% – almost unheard of from a slugger.  McCovey connected for 45 home runs in 1969 while driving in 126 runs and scoring another 101.  He drew 121 walks en route to collecting 157 hits alongside his .320 batting average.

Due in part to his amazing success in 1969, McCovey’s Giants finished 90-72, good for 2nd place in the NL West.

Willie McCovey Is A 6-Time All-Star

Willie McCovey Is A 6-Time All-Star

I’m amazed at how few times some of the game’s brightest stars made the All-Star team back during the 1960’s.  I need to do a little research to see how the All-Stars were chosen back then…

McCovey made the squad six times.  Six times in a 9-year span to be exact.  And while six All-Star appearances is nothing to shake a stick at, it is far from spectacular.  But then you have to think about all of the guys that ‘Stretch’ was competing with for a spot on the NL squad.  There was Ernie Banks and Orlando Cepeda and Richie Allen – all incredible players.  And back then the teams only carried one reserve at first base so space was extremely limited…

Nonetheless, McCovey found himself in great company on those very talented rosters.  And while he probably did not make as many teams as he should have, he certainly was one of the best from his era!

Willie McCovey And The 1959 Rookie Of The Year Award

Willie McCovey And The 1959 Rookie Of The Year Award

Willie McCovey made his major league debut with the Giants in 1959.  And it took just 52 games during that year for him to solidify his spot as the National League’s best rookie.

In 192 official at-bats, McCovey amassed a batting average of .354.  He collected 6 hits which included 9 doubles, 5 triples, and 13 home runs.  He also accounted for scoring 32 runs while driving in an additional 38 for the ‘G-Men’.

Did I mention that McCovey won the Rookie of the Year award by collecting every first-place vote?  Yep.  He was the unanimous selection back in ’59.

Congratulations ‘Stretch’!!!

Happy Birthday Willie McCovey!!!

Happy Birthday Willie McCovey!!!

Willie McCovey turns 74 years old today.

On of the sport’s greatest sluggers, ‘Stretch’ was a fan favorite during the span of his amazing 22-year career.  And in San Francisco, where he spent 19 seasons, McCovey was loved.

A Rookie of the Year, an MVP, and a Hall of Famer, there is very little that Willie McCovey did not accomplish as a major league baseball player.

So, to celebrate him and his 73rd birthday, I will dedicate a days worth of posts to honor the baseball legend.

Stay tuned all day to ’30-YOC’.  It will be fun!!

Happy Birthday ‘Stretch’!!!

1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Captures The National League’s Rookie Of The Year Award

1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Captures The National League’s Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1959, Willie McCovey won the National League’s Rookie of the Year award.

The Giants’ player had a stellar debut – and he played in just 52 games!!!

But that was all that ‘Stretch’ needed to stake his claim as the league’s best rookie.  In those 52 contests, he posted a .354 batting average as he collected 68 hits in 192 at-bats.  And of those 68 hits, 9 were doubles, 5 were triples, and 13 were home runs.  McCovey also drove in 38 runs while scoring another 32.

McCovey’s debut was so impressive that he took all 24 first place votes for the ROY.

Happy Anniversary Mr. McCovey!!!

1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Launches 1st Major League Home Run!!

1959 HEADLINE:  Willie McCovey Launches 1st Major League Home Run!!

On this day in 1959 Willie McCovey hit the first home run of his major league career.

Just 3 days after making his big league debut, McCovey made his first mark with the Giants. And nobody knew that 520 more bombs would follow over the next 22 seasons.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. McCovey!!!

1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Makes His Debut With The Giants

1959 HEADLINE: Willie McCovey Makes His Debut With The Giants

On this day in 1959, Willie McCovey made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

And I have to say that McCovey did pretty well in his debut – he went 4-for-4 while collecting 2 triples and 2 singles. Most importantly, the Giants beat the Pirates by a score of 7-2.

Back in ’59, who would have thought that ‘Stretch’ would go on to be a Hall of Famer with more than 500 home runs and 1,500 RBI on his resume.

Congratulations on a fantastic debut – and Happy Anniversary, Mr. McCovey!!!

Willie McCovey 2011 Topps Triple Threads – Sepia – NICE!!!!

Willie McCovey 2011 Topps Triple Threads – Sepia – NICE!!!!

Of the many new aspects that modern collecting brings to hobby, one of my favorites is the colored parallel version of the base card.

For me, it is about enjoying the same card with a twist – and sometimes the twist works and well, sometimes it does not.

In the case of Willie McCovey’s sepia-tones card from the 2011 Topps Triple Threads set, IT WORKS!!!

The card is serial numbered as 532/625 and it looks great.

Take a peek:

VINTAGE MCCOVEY

Willie McCovey 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base – Mehhhh….

Willie McCovey 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Well, I have found my first card from the new 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen that does not thrill me.

Unfortunately, it features one of my favorite legends – Mr. Willie McCovey.

Have a look:

VINTAGE MCCOVEY GQ

I like the setting of the card.  And I really like that vintage Giants uniform that McCovey is wearing too.

It’s the image that does this player and set no justice.  Did he hit a foul ball?  Did he pop one up behind first base?  The shot used leaves a little to the imagination, which is ok, but it is not a supremely positive question that other cards conjure up…

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Willie McCovey 2010 Topps Vintage Legends

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Willie McCovey 2010 Topps Vintage Legends

Always seeking out legendary players for my collection, while I tear through bargain bin after bargain bin, I keep my fingers crossed that I will find a few beauties for my collection.

And I did!!

Have a look:

SHOW 2

This card comes from the 2010 Topps Vintage Legends set.  What drew me to the card was the team headline and uniform that McCovey is sporting – the Padres.  While many, myself included, think of McCovey as a member of the San Francisco Giants, he did spend the 1974, 1975, and part of the 1976 baseball season playing for the Padres.