Hall of Famer McCovey to Make Ballpark Return

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hall of Famer Willie McCovey is expected back at the ballpark for the Giants’ NL Championship Series against St. Louis after being released in recent days from Stanford Hospital, where he had been treated since last month following complications from an infection.

CEO Larry Baer noted “we’ll salute him.” Baer was eager to share the great news with the players, who missed McCovey when he couldn’t attend a ceremony to hand out the “Willie Mac Award” on Sept. 26 to pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

The 76-year-old McCovey, a former first baseman and left fielder, was a career .270 hitter with 521 homers and 1,555 RBIs in 22 major league seasons, 19 of them with the Giants.

This was believed to be the first time McCovey has missed the award presentation since its inception in 1980.

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