San Francisco Giants Hall of Fame slugger Willie McCovey said of his wife Estela in 2012 that when you work closely together you fall in love. Estela decided to put McCovey’s mementos up for bid. (photo from McCovey Chronicles)
By Morris Phillips
SAN FRANCISCO–Former San Francisco Giant the late Willie McCovey’s wife Estela will be putting up McCovey’s awards, mementos, and world series rings. The list from the late slugger “Stretch” will premier his 1969 National League MVP Award plaque his 2012 and 2014 World Series rings are also up for bid.
The other items include his first baseman’s gloves and mementos that have a total inventory of 200 items that will go up for sale. Estela will be working with Heritage Auctions over the weekend and the bidding is already in progress and all bids will end by August 22.
Estela’s heartbreak emotion at the time of McCovey’s passing says again this is another hard time of remembrance of the former Giants slugger as she passes on his greatest awards from an illustrious career as she told the SF Chronicle’s John Shea, “It’s hard for me emotionally. It’s hard just to think I’m giving away Willie’s stuff. I still don’t know if it’s the best time. I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong time.” said Estela.
The items were willed to Estela from McCovey’s estate amongst those his All Star Game rings from 1984 and 2007, 1989 and 2002 National League Championships and World Series rings from 2012 and 2014. McCovey had numerous uniforms, ball and bats from his big league career which started when the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958.
McCovey said of his wife Estela who he met while he was in rehab from back surgery was his caretaker. Estela Bejar at the time (2010 the same year as the Giants first of three World Series Championships) worked at her sisters home care facility and Estela still works there today. McCovey said in 2012 interview with Shea, “When you work that close together sometimes you fall for each other. She’s just a really, really, caring person.”
Morris Phillips is a San Francisco Giants reporter for http://www.sportsradioservice.com