Willie McGee

A tribute to my favorite baseball player

Willie McGee, Hall of Fame Speech, 2014
Willie McGee speaking at his 2014 induction into the Cardinals Hall of Fame.

Willie McGee played professional baseball from 1977 to 1999. He made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982. McGee played for the Cardinals, the Oakland Athletics, the San Francisco Giants, and the Boston Red Sox during his major league career.

Below is a summary of McGee's career statistics from Baseball Reference:

Willie McGee's Career Stats
Statistic Career
WAR Wins Above Replacement 34.2
AB At Bats 7649
R Runs 1010
H Hits 2254
BA Batting Average 0.295
HR Home Runs 79
RBI Runs Batted In 856
SB Stolen Bases 352
OBP On-Base Percentage 0.333
SLG Slugging Percentage 0.396
OPS On-base Plus Slugging 0.729
OPS+ Normalized OPS 100

Among the highlights of McGee's career was his performance for the Cardinals in Game 3 of the 1982 World Series. His accomplishments included the following:

  • Two home runs.
  • A game-saving center-field catch.

That catch would otherwise have been a ninth-inning home run for Gorman Thomas of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals won the game 6 runs to 2 and the Series 4 games to 3.

Today McGee works as a coach for the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Career as a St. Louis Cardinal

Below are some highlights from Willie McGee's time with the St. Louis Cardinals:

Year Accomplishments
  • All-Star Game
  • Golden Glove (National League, OF)
  • All-Star Game
  • National League MVP
  • National League batting title
  • Golden Glove (National League, OF)
  • National League Silver Slugger
  • August National League Player of the Month
  • June 9 National League Player of the Week
  • Golden Glove (National League, OF)
  • All-Star Game
  • All-Star Game
  • National League batting title
  • July 22 Player of the Week

Hall of Fame Recognition

National Baseball Hall of Fame

McGee has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. He received 5.0% of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) in 2005 and 2.3% of the vote in 2006.

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame

Willie McGee was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014.

Willie McGee's Career Stats

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