San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey has died

San Francisco Giants legend and Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey died on Wednesday.

He was 80.

McCovey died at the Stanford Hospital on Wednesday afternoon after a lengthy “battle with ongoing health issues.” He had been in a wheel chair for several years, and recently developed an infection and was hospitalized last week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

McCovey played for the Giants from 1959-1973, and then again from 1977-1980 to close out his career. He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Willie McCovey through the years
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Willie McCovey through the years
San Francisco, CA February 23, 1962 - San Francisco Giants Willie McCovey selects a glove for practice. (By Howard Erker / Oakland Tribune) Published February 24, 1962.(Digital First Media Group/Oakland Tribune via Getty Images)
San Francisco, CA February 26, 1962 - Giants first baseman Willie McCovey switches assignment to the outfield. (By Howard Erker / Oakland Tribune) Published February 27, 1962.(Digital First Media Group/Oakland Tribune via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) San Francisco Giant's sluggers brandish their bludgeons during battling practice at spring training here. They are left to right Jim Ray Hart, Willie McCovey, and Willie Mays.
PHOENIX, AZ - CIRCA 1960's: First baseman Willie McCovey #44 (R) of the San Francisco Giants standing at first base talking with Reggie Jackson (L) of the Oakland Athletics circa late 1960's during a spring training game in Phoenix, Arizona. McCovey played for the Giants from 1959-80. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1970's: first baseman Willie McCovey #44 of the San Francisco Giants swings down and ready at first-base during a circa 1970's Major League Baseball game. McCovey played for the Giants from 1959-80. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - CIRCA 1960's: First baseman Willie McCovey #44 (R) of the San Francisco Giants standing at the plate preparing to hit against the Oakland Athletics circa late 1960's during a MLB spring training baseball game in Phoenix, Arizona. McCovey played for the Giants from 1959-80. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CIRCA 1970's: Willie McCovey #44 of the San Francisco Giants swings and watches the flight of his ball during a circa 1970's Major League Baseball game. McCovey played for the Giants from 1959-80. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - CIRCA 1960's: first baseman Willie McCovey #44 of the San Francisco Giants watches the flight of his ball as he races out of the batters box during a circa mid 1960's Major League Baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. McCovey played for the Giants from 1959-80. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - CIRCA 1970's: First baseman Willie McCovey #44 of the San Francisco Giants sitting on the front end of his car, poses for this photo circa mid 1970's during spring training in Phoenix, Arizona. McCovey played for the Giants from 1959-80. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Palo Alto, CA October 27, 1971 - Willie McCovey recovering from a knee surgery at Stanford University. (Russ Reed / Oakland Tribune) (Digital First Media Group/Oakland Tribune via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) This is a close up of Willie McCovey, a San Francisco Giants' infielder, during Spring Training.
February 10. 1973 - Willie McCovey has a buffet in his living room that's covered with yellow leather and brass nail head trim. (By Robert Stinnett / Oakland Tribune) Published February 13, 1973(Digital First Media Group/Oakland Tribune via Getty Images)
UNDATED: Willie McCovey #44 of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait. McCovey played for the Giants from 1959 - 1973 and from 1977 - 1980. (Photo by PHOTOG NAME/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, : Baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey exits the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse, NY, 20 July after pleading guilty to one count of income tax evasion. McCovey faces up to seven months in prison and a USD 250,000 fine. McCovey who played for the San Fransisco Giants in the 1960s was one of the game's most feared sluggers. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
giground by Alan Greth 12/11/97 Giants great Willie Mays, left, gestures as he talks with Willie McCovey and Barry Bonds during Pacific Bell Park groundbreaking ceremonies in the China Basin area of San Francisco Thursday.(Digital First Media Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)
Nick Lammers/staff 4/18/01 Tribune Sports Following his historic 500th blast, Barry Bonds talks to the crowd, surrounded by Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, two former Giants who also hit 500+ homeruns. (Digital First Media Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)
Willie McCovey is escorted to the field as he is saluted as one of the members of the 500 home run club prior to the start of the 2004 Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas July 12, 2004. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 07: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants shakes hands with Hall of Famer Willie McCovey before a pregame ceremony honoring the 2012 World Series champions before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on April 7, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 06: San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey waves to the crowd while seating between Jeff Kent (L) and Willie Mays during a ceremony honoring Buster Posey for winning the 2012 National League MVP before the Giants game against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on April 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants sits on the field during the 2017 Willie Mac Award ceremony before the game against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park on September 29, 2017 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the San Diego Padres 8-0. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY, 1962: Willie McCovey #44 and Orlando Cepeda #30 of the San Francisco Giants sit in the dugout during a photo shoot circa July, 1962 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Hy Peskin/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X9182)
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