It comes with great sadness to inform our readers of some devastating news. A well-known professional athlete has died after being rushed to the emergency room.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in your thoughts and prayers as they got through this difficult time. Fans have left heartfelt messages on Twitter expressing their condolences to the family. Other fellow athletes have paid tribute as well on social media sites.
“You just don’t like to see people you love suffer,” said fellow Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, whose mother recently died. “I felt both suffering. Pain is a terrible thing. I’ll be sad for a while, but his suffering is over.”
Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has passed away after what the team called "a battle with ongoing health issues." McCovey died at Stanford Hospital on Wednesday. He was 80 years old.
About four years ago, McCovey had a serious infection that nearly took his life. Since then, he had been in a wheelchair. The first baseman developed another infection last week, and he was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
McCovey who is known for incredible talents on the field with the San Fransico Giants. He played 19 of his 22 major league seasons with them and became one of the most beloved players in MLB history, according to "San Francisco Chronicle."
“San Francisco and the entire baseball community lost a true gentleman and legend, and our collective hearts are broken," the Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said in a statement.
In 1959, McCovey was the National League Rookie of the Year. In 1969, he was the league's Most Valuable Player. In 1977, McCovey was the National League Comeback Player of the Year. He had 18 grand slams and was a six-time All-Star.
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.