Post by Alfalfa Bill
Nuts. He was the perfect first baseman. Back when I was a yute and Cardinal fan he just killed us.
Stretch had the perfect build for a first baseman, tall and lean.
I remember all the hoopla when Michael Jordan quit the NBA to play minor league baseball, and while he was not a very good baseball player at that point in his life, had he focused on it from the time he was a child, he would have been an outstanding Major League ballplayer IMO due to his physique and skills. I always thought had he focused on baseball from childhood, Jordan would have had a career similar to Dave Winfield or Willie McCovey. Jordan was a great all-around athlete; there is no doubt he would have succeeded in baseball had it been his primary pursuit instead of basketball.
McCovey was one of a handful of players who played in four decades - 50's thru 80's.