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Aug. 13 at Candlestick Park was Mac Attack Day, a celebration that was the inspiration of broadcasters Lon Simmons and Joe Angel. Sept. 18 will be Willie McCovey Day. The Giants are aiming at an attendance figure of 44,000,44 being McCovey's number.
Finally, Sept. 26, down south at Dodger Stadium, there will be a Big Mac Night in McCovey's honor, a singularly generous gesture considering that McCovey has hit 33 of his home runs against the Dodgers.
McCovey deserves it all. After two years in virtual retirement on benches in San Diego and Oakland, he is back home this season with the Giants. He has 21 home runs so far, giving him a career total of 486, and he is closing in on his 2,000th hit.
At 39, McCovey is not over the hill, he's king of it.
Last year Ray Sovik was an assistant pro at the Brookside Country Club in Canton, Ohio. Now he is a rabbit on the PGA tour. While Ray struggles to make the cut, his father Elmer, a department store man, fidgets at home in Canton and telephones the Canton Repository sports desk to get the day's scores from the Associated Press sports wire.
On the evening of the first round of last month's Canadian Open, the Repository night staffer, who had gone off to check the wire for Elmer, came back to the phone with what he said was "some good news and some bad news."
"Give me the good news first," said Elmer.
"Ray tied with Ben Crenshaw today," said the night man.
"And the bad news?" said Elmer.