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    1973 "400" Home Run 14K Gold Ring Presented to Willie McCovey by Giants' President Horace Stoneham with Stoneham Letter of Provenance. Crafted for Big Mac by Horace Stoneham after he reached the 400 tater plateau in 1973. Face sports diecut "WM" encrusted with real diamonds with diecut "400" below." The interior band is stamped "14K." Measures to a size of seven and a half (7.5) and weighs approximately fourteen and a half grams (14.5 g.). A killer piece of 70's bling that must have looked super sharp on Mr. McCovey. Exhibits wear but still presents magnificently.

    This lot includes a touching 1973 two-page handwritten and signed letter (on team letterhead and with original mailer) from Giants' president Horace Stoneham which mentions the ring:

    "Dear Willie...I am sorry you won't be finishing your career with us but that is the way of life in baseball. You are one of the finest men I have ever met and it doesn't mean only in baseball...I will be in the office Wednesday and Thursday after Christmas if you get a chance to drop in. I have a memento of your 400th home run. Again, all the Stoneham's are rooting for Willie Mc. Sincerely Horace Stoneham."

    Also included are three 8x10" photographs of Willie wearing the ring in the 1970's. Letter of provenance from Willie McCovey's widow.

    More Information: The Willie McCovey Collection

    He was called "the scariest hitter in baseball" by Bob Gibson (the game’s scariest pitcher), leading the National League in intentional walks four times, and twice claiming two-thirds of the National League Triple Crown. After twenty-two seasons in the Majors—nineteen in San Francisco--McCovey retired second only to the great Babe Ruth in left-handed homers (521). He’d enter the Hall of Fame on his first ballot, only the sixteenth player to enjoy such an expeditious Cooperstown induction. Though McCovey spent much of his career haunted by his 1962 World Series-ending liner—a ball that almost certainly would have provided his Giants a walk-off victory had it eluded Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson’s grasp—he remains one of the most beloved figures in franchise history. Long homers to right field—the kind which Stretch supplied in droves—now land in a cove named for McCovey at the Giants’ home ballpark.

    The pages that follow contain the most impressive and comprehensive assembly of McCovey memorabilia that exists, consigned to auction by his widow, who will provide a letter of provenance for each lot. Highlights include his 1969 National League MVP Award, his 1982 "Babe Ruth Crown," his 1986 Hall of Fame induction ring and plaque, and his better-late-than-never World Championship ring for his front office contributions to the winning cause of the 2014 San Francisco Giants.

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