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July 3, 1980: Willie McCovey played his last home game with the Giants. I played hooky from work to attend.

The opponents were the Cincinnati Reds, who included future Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, who played, and Tom Seaver, who didn’t. The Giants had one future Hall of Famer (McCovey, obviously). McCovey, hitting cleanup, came to the plate four times. In the first inning, he grounded out. In the third inning, his single scored Jack Clark to give the Giants a 3-1 lead. After that, he struck out and grounded out.

He came out to first base as the Giants took the field in the top of the 8th. Then, he was replaced by Rich Murray, and took a final curtain call from the fans, who numbered 26,133. Murray, a 22-year-old rookie, was the brother of Hall of Famer Eddie Murray. Rich played 57 games in the majors, all with the Giants.

This photo, taken by John Storey, showed kids at the park for that game: