Willie McCovey was born in Mobile in 1938. He played five years in the minors before joining the San Francisco Giants in 1959.
In his first at bat he was four for four and he was named Rookie of the Year. Over the years he played for the Giants 22 years(split), San Diego, and Oakland.
He played in 2,588 games, tied Ted Williams for home runs with 521 and his lifetime batting average was .270. He was selected to six all star games but only made it to the World Series once.
"Stretch" was the top left-handed home run hiter in N.L. history with 521. Second only to Lou Gehrig with 18 career grand slams. Led the N.L. in homers three times and RBIs twice. N.L. Rookie of the year in 1959.
MVP in 1969 and comeback player of the year in 1977. McCovey teamed with Willie Mays for an awesome 1-2 punch in the Giants lineup.