Pelosi Statement on Passing of Willie McCovey

Washington, D.C. — Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the passing of San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey:

“Tonight, San Franciscans and baseball fans all across America mourn the passage of a true legend of the game.  Willie McCovey was a titan on and off the field.

“From his humble beginnings in the segregated South to his induction to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, Willie McCovey lived the American Dream.  He earned international renown for his talent and leadership.  For decades after he retired, Willie’s community service earned the devotion of generations of San Franciscans.  That the San Francisco Giants’ annual most inspirational player award is named for Willie McCovey is a lasting testament to his joy, generosity of spirit, and optimism.

“We will carry Willie in our hearts, and honor his memory every time the Giants drive a home run into McCovey Cove.  May it be a comfort to Willie’s wife Estela and the entire McCovey family that our whole city, and so many more across the country, join in mourning this extraordinary man.”

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