McCovey’s 500th homer marks milestone for slugger
“That was the first time that the guys saw me smile going around the bases,” McCovey told the San Francisco Examiner.
It took longer than he expected, and McCovey had hoped to hit No. 500 at Candlestick Park. But the Giants’ legendary first baseman finally reached the coveted milestone on June 30, 1978, slugging an opposite field shot off Braves left-hander Jamie Easterly that tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second.
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“I knew that if I was lucky enough to stay healthy and have a long career, I might be able to accomplish a few things,” McCovey said. “But I just don’t know how many more I can hit. I’ll take all I can get.”
McCovey would play two more seasons in the big leagues, finishing with a total of 521 career home runs. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1986.
Janey Murray was the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum