Wait! Willie McCovey played for another team besides the Giants?
Yep. Two, actually.
The iconic first baseman spent 19 of his 22 big league seasons in San Francisco, but for a brief time, he played in both San Diego and Oakland.
Big Mac was originally signed as an amateur by the Giants in 1955 at the tender age of 17.
When he first arrived on the big league scene in 1959, he made a splash bigger than the ones seen in the cove that currently bears his name outside AT&T Park.
McCovey batted .354/.429/.656 with 13 HR and 38 RBI in just 52 games, winning the NL Rookie of the Year award.
By 1973, the Hall of Famer had already amassed 413 home runs.
But for some reason, the Giants thought he was done. They traded the 35-year-old first baseman and Bernie Williams (no, not that Bernie) to the Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell.
With all due respect to Stretch, at the time, the trade for Caldwell seemed to be a smart move. The 25-year-old lefty went 14-5 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.26 WHIP for the G-men in 1974.
But Caldwell tumbled to a 8-20 record over the next two years in San Francisco. (He would hit his stride in Milwaukee a couple of years later.)
Meanwhile, McCovey batted .253 for San Diego in 1974 and hit 22 homers, driving in 63 runs.
A year later, he put up nearly identical numbers for the Padres (.252, 23 HR, 68 RBI).
McCovey struggled mightily in 1976 (.204, 7 HR, 36 RBI) and the Padres traded him to the A's on August 30. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
On January 6, 1977, the Giants brought McCovey home, signing the 39-year-old to a four-year contract that would ensure he finished his illustrious career where he started it.
Perhaps McCovey was touched by the gesture.
He went on to have a phenomenal season for the Giants in 1977, hitting .280/.367/.500 with 28 HR and 86 RBI for a San Francisco team that was mostly hapless.