Giants legend Willie McCovey dies at the age of 80

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San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey has died at the age of 80 after losing his battle with ongoing health issues. 

The Giants announced his death saying the fearsome hitter passed “peacefully” Wednesday afternoon.

McCovey, also known as “Stretch,” had been getting around in a wheelchair in recent years because he could no longer rely on his once-dependable legs.

That didn’t stop him from going to AT&T Park regularly to watch the games from his private suite.

This included the final game of the season for the Giants this year. 

McCovey made his Major League debut with the Giants in 1959 and was with the team for 18-years out of his 22-year career. 

The Giants President & Chief Executive Officer Laurence M. Baer released a statement expressing the teams’ sadness on the loss of the Hall of Famer. 

β€œSan Francisco and the entire baseball community lost a true gentleman and legend, and our collective hearts are broken. Willie was a beloved figure throughout his playing days and in retirement. He will be deeply missed by the many people he touched.  For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants – as one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth.”

A public celebration of Willie’s life will be announced at a later date.

Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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