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Wednesday BP: RIP Mike McCormick

The former Cy Young Winner — who played for both the San Francisco and New York Giants — died on June 16 at age 81

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Mike McCormick - San Francisco Giants

Good morning and happy Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants lost a special player. Mike McCormick died on June 16 at the age of 81, after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

I won’t pretend to have any memories of McCormick, who played his final game nearly two decades before I was born. But he did have a special career, largely with the Giants.

He debuted in 1956 for the New York Giants at just 17 years old. Two years later, he joined the organization as they moved to San Francisco. He spent five years in San Francisco, and made the All-Star team two different years (for a total of four appearances, since there were two All-Star Games a year then, and he made both of them).

In 1963 he left the only organization he had known, only to return in 1967 for nearly four more years. In his first season back in San Francisco he won the Cy Young Award, after finishing the year with a 22-10 record and a 2.85 ERA.

But he was much more than that, and I highly recommend reading one or both of the obituaries in the links.

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Seriously, what kind of a silly question is that? Duh.

June 17, 1996: Against the Florida Marlins, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Al Leiter. It was the only run of the game, which the Giants won 1-0. It was his 19th homer of the year.

June 17, 2007: Against the Boston Red Sox, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 6th inning off of Tim Wakefield. It cut the Giants deficit to 8-4, and they would lose 9-5. It was his 14th homer of the year.

Giants links

Have a great Wednesday, everyone.