The San Francisco Giants’ first baseman from 1959-73 and 1977-80, Willie McCovey established a career record of 521 home runs. This places him in the all-time top ten. Nicknamed “Stretch” for his ability to catch wide and high throws to first base, he also was named National League Most Valuable Player in 1969, with 45 home runs and a 126 RBI. He was elected in 1986 to Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
Plaque location: AT&T Park