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San Francisco Giants Host Celebration of Life for Willie McCovey

The Giants legend and Hall of Famer died on Oct. 31 after losing his battle to ongoing health issues

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    San Francisco Giants Legend Willie McCovey Dies at 80

    Giants great and baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey died Wednesday afternoon, according to a team official. He was 80. Christie Smith reports. (Published Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018)

    The San Francisco Giants on Thursday celebrated the life of Hall of Famer and baseball legend Willie McCovey during a public event at AT&T Park.

    McCovey died peacefully on Oct. 31 after battling ongoing health issues. He was 80.

    McCovey played 22 years in the big leagues, including 19 seasons with the "Orange and Black." The six-time all-star captured the National League Rookie of the Year award in 1959 and the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1969.

    The left-handed hitter launched 521 home runs, drove in 1,555 runs and tallied 2,211 hits during his time in the majors.

    McCovey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986.

    NBC Bay Area talked to Willie McCovey earlier this year for the Bay Area Revelations episode coined Champions of Baseball. Watch the full episode here.