Monday, July 27, 2020

HOF Willie McCovey

The (other) Willie, Mickey, and the Duke....

Willie McCovey is synonymous with the San Francisco Giants. With the exception of a three year trial separation between San Diego and Oakland in the mid-1970s, he was a lifelong Giants.  His best three year period was 1968 to 1970 and saw him win his only MVP award in '69. McCovey was also a Rookie of the Year and a six-time All-Star, winning the MVP of one of those mid-summer classics. Mid-summer Classics. The All-Star game is still played in "mid"-summer (actually, it's early summer... mid-summer would technically be in August), but it's hardly a classic.

McCovey played some games (48) in 1980 but wasn't in Topps' 1981 set. Which I think makes sense as 48 games isn't even half of a season. Things I love about this card in addition to the design are his warm-up jacket which is straight-aces, and the batting cage net that's just visible like a spider web seen from the right angle.

McCovey was voted in on his first ballot in 1986 and received 81.4% of the vote. Not overwhelming, but enough. His 521 career home runs is tied with Frank Thomas and Ted Williams. I was a little dismayed to see McCovey's RBI total at 1555. That doesn't feel like a ton. Compared, at least, to Frank Thomas and Ted Williams who both had at least 149 more RBI.

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  1. I agree, that warm-up jacket is straight fire!

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    1. Yeah, he did. But my little HOF project is just last Topps cards. It has its admitted flaws, but I wanted just one brand and it's the most continuous.

  3. McCovey is definitely a huge fan favorite in the Bay Area. I think it would have been cool for Topps to give him a "sunset" card. At least collectors received one from Fleer.

    1. One Dodgers-punk booed my tweet about this blog post. The nerve! (Ha ha, I adore you Oscar!)