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Giants Hall of Famer McCovey hospitalized

September 20, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants say Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been hospitalized and is being treated following complications from an infection.

The 76-year-old McCovey was hospitalized last week in the Bay Area, the team said Friday, and “his recovery is progressing every day.”

The Giants are in close contact with McCovey and his family. The club urged fans to keep the former first baseman and left fielder nicknamed “Stretch” in their thoughts and said notes could be sent to him at AT&T Park. McCovey has attended many Giants games over the past few seasons.

McCovey was a career .270 hitter with 521 homers and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants. He also played for the Athletics and Padres.

McCovey still gets asked regularly about the 1962 World Series the Giants lost in seven games to the New York Yankees, and it’s still a tough memory. The Giants lost 1-0 in Game 7 when McCovey lined out to second baseman Bobby Richardson with runners on second and third for the final out.

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