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.