On January 8, 1986, former San Francisco Giants great Willie McCovey is elected to the Hall of Fame. McCovey, who receives 346 votes, becomes the 16th player to gain election in his first year of eligibility. The slugging first baseman played 22 years for the Giants, Padres and A’s, hitting 521 home runs to put him in a tie for 10th place on the all-time list. Another slugger, Billy Williams, misses election to the Hall by a mere four votes.

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