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McCovey Reflects On 50th Anniversary Of Giants Heartbreaking Series Loss

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Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda, all members of the 1962 San Francisco Giants talk to one another during a pregame ceremony at AT&T Park. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda, all members of the 1962 San Francisco Giants talk to one another during a pregame ceremony at AT&T Park. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — People ask Willie McCovey almost daily about the 1962 World Series the Giants lost in seven games to the New York Yankees. This week, the Hall of Famer has been the one reflecting on that heartbreaker.

Fifty years since San Francisco lost to the New York Yankees, McCovey admits he still thinks about the way it ended often. The Giants lost 1-0 in Game 7 when McCovey lined out to second baseman Bobby Richardson with runners on second and third for the final out.

“I think about the line drive, yes,” said McCovey, now 74 years old. “Can’t get away from it.”

Two years ago, when the Giants won the franchise’s first World Series since moving from New York in 1958, it helped eased the pain for players such as McCovey, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays and Felipe Alou. Seeing San Francisco back in the Fall Classic again has brought those smiles back to McCovey’s face even more.

“We’re kind of getting spoiled,” he said. “This is two in three years. People don’t realize how hard it is to get here. We’ve been pretty lucky.”

(Copyright 2012 CBS San Francisco. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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