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Willie McCovey Cove

 
 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 17, 2020
1. Willie McCovey Cove Marker
Inscription.  The portion of San Francisco Bay located beyond the right field wall of Oracle Park is affectionately known as "WILLIE MCCOVEY COVE” in honor of the Hall of Fame great. One of the most respected and feared hitters in baseball during his 22 year career in the Major Leagues, McCovey broke into the Majors with the Giants when they were playing at Seals Stadium. "Stretch” went on to establish the record for home runs (231) hit at Candlestick Park. McCovey was a six time All-Star and he established a Major League record for most seasons played (22) as a first basemen. McCovey was named the National League's most valuable player in 1969 after earning back to back home run and RBI titles with 45 home runs and 126 RBI season. The Willie Mac Award was established in 1980 and is given to the Giants player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership consistently shown by McCovey throughout his career.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSports.
 
Location. 37° 46.649′ N, 122° 23.386′ W.
Willie McCovey Cove Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 17, 2020
2. Willie McCovey Cove Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here on the left, mounted to the stadium wall, while the cove itself is on the right. The pathway visible here is the Giants history walk, with a number of historical markers and plaques commemorating notable events in Giants history.
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Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from San Francisco Bay Trail north of 3rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juan Antonio Marichal Sanchez (within shouting distance of this marker); The Francis "Lefty" O'Doul Third Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Willie Howard Mays, Jr. (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Willie McCovey (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Willie Howard Mays, Jr. (about 500 feet away); Ryan Vogelsong (about 500 feet away); Barry Bonds (about 500 feet away); Brian Wilson (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .
1. McCovey Cove (Wikipedia). "McCovey Cove is the unofficial name of a section of San Francisco Bay beyond the right field wall of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, named after famed Giants first baseman Willie McCovey. The proper name for the cove is China Basin, which is the mouth of Mission Creek as it meets the bay....The name was coined thanks to two sportswriters. Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News wrote an article suggesting naming the body of water after McCovey, though his original suggestions were 'McCovey Channel,' 'McCovey Stream' or 'McCovey Run.'
Willie McCovey baseball card image. Click for full size.
Topps Company, Inc. (courtesy of the National Museum of American History / Smithsonian Institution), 1968
3. Willie McCovey baseball card
Purdy then noted the more 'lyrical' name of 'McCovey Cove' was suggested by his colleague Leonard Koppett, a writer for the Oakland Tribune. The name did not take long to become very popular, although the moniker has never become official." (Submitted on May 10, 2021.) 

2. Willie McCovey #44 (MLB.com). (Submitted on May 10, 2021.)
3. Willie McCovey (National Baseball Hall of Fame). (Submitted on May 10, 2021.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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