Willie McCovey

by Jack Ol 28 May,2018
Willie McCovey
Body Stats
Height 6 Feet 4 Inch
Personal Info
Facts
  • Birth Name Willie Lee McCovey
  • Birth Place Mobile, Alabama
  • Famous Name Willie McCovey
  • Father Frank
  • Mother Esther
  • Net Worth $3 million
  • Nationality American
  • Ethnicity Afro-American
  • Divorce Karen McCovey
  • Children Yes

Willie Lee McCovey, a.k.a  Willie McCovey, was an American retired Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman, having made his professional debut and retired through San Francisco Giants. Throughout his playing career, he also played for San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics.

 

Willie McCovey was married to his wife Estela Mourns recently. He previously married Karen McCovey but the couple divorced only after 2 years of their marriage.

Willie McCovey's Early Life

Willie McCovey was born on 10th of January 1938, in Mobile, Alabama. His star sign was Capricorn. Talking about his nationality, McCovey was an American and of Afro-American ethnicity.

McCovey was raised alongside his seven brothers: Clauzell, Arthur, Wad, Walter, Cleon, Frank, and Richmond and two sisters: Ethel and Francis by his father, Frank, and mother, Esther.

At his tender age, he played sports in the empty fields or street. He played softball in a large local playground and was a better pitcher than a first baseman.

Due to poor financial status, McCovey drooped out of high school to support his family, in his junior year. He served as a busboy in a whites-only restaurant.

Willie McCovey's Net Worth and Endorsement

As of 2018, Willie McCovey had an estimated net worth of around $3 million. He owned a lavish mansion in Woodside, California. His annual salary in 1972 was reported to be $125,000.

Professional Career of Willie McCovey

San Francisco Giants

On 12th of March 1955, McCovey signed with the New York Giants as an amateur free agent. On 30th July 1959, McCovey went four-for-four against Hall of Famer Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies, hitting 2 triples and 2 singles, en route to a .354 batting average that season, in which he earned his first award, “NL Player of the Month award” in August.

Subsequently, he took home the “National League Rookie of the Year” honor while playing in fifty-two games.

In 1962, he led the Giants to the World Series against the New York Yankees. He spent many years at the heart of the Giant’s batting order with his mate Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Statistically, his best years was 1969, when McCovey hit 45 home runs with 126 RBI and batted.320, becoming the National League MVP.

San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics

On 25th October 1973, McCovey was traded to the San Diego Padres with Bernie Williams in exchange for Mike Caldwell. He played two seasons for the Padres and then was purchased by Oakland Athletics. He represented Oakland Athletics in eleven games.

Return to San Francisco

In 1977, McCovey returned to his former club, San Francisco. He began the season as the active home run leader with 465 following the retirement of Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson.

In 1980, McCovey retired as a baseball player. In his twenty-two-years playing career, he batted .270, with 521 home runs and 1,229 runs scored, 46 triples, 2,211 hits, 1,555 RBI, a .374 on-base % as well as a .515 slugging %.

A legacy of Willie McCovey

In 1986, Willie McCovey was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Then in 1999, he was named 56th on “the Sporting News” list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players as well as also nominated for the MLB All-Century Team as a finalist.

On 7th February 2009, McCovey was inducted to the Afro Sports Hall of Fame in Oakland, California.

Willie McCovey's Personal Life

Moving into his personal life, Willie McCovey is survived by his wife Estela Mourns who he married recently on August 2, 2018. Willie met Estela in 2010 – she was his nurse while he was recovering from his fourth back surgery.

He has revealed limited information about his private life. In 1964, McCovey tied the knot with Karen McCovey. The pair shares one child. However, the couple split just after two years of their marriage.

Willie McCovey death

Willie McCovey died at the of 80 on October 31, 2018. The specific reason for his death was not revealed but was instead cited as "on-going health issues."

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