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19-APR-2010 Mark A. Krauss


San Francisco Giants (195973)
In his Major League debut on July 30, 1959, McCovey went four-for-four against Hall-of-Famer Robin Roberts en route to a .354 batting average that year,
in which he won National League Rookie of the Year honors while playing in just 52 games.
Three years later, he helped the Giants to the 1962 World Series against the New York Yankees. Perhaps McCovey's best-known moment in baseball
came in the bottom of the 9th of Game 7, with 2 outs and the Giants trailing 10. With Willie Mays on second base and Matty Alou on third,
any base hit would likely have won the championship for the Giants. McCovey scorched a hard line drive that was snared by the Yankees'
second baseman Bobby Richardson, ending the series with a Yankees' win. That would turn out to be the closest McCovey would get to playing on a world championship team.
McCovey spent many years at the heart of the Giants' batting order along with fellow Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays. His best year statistically was 1969
when he hit 45 home runs, had 126 RBI and batted .320 to become the National League MVP.
In the early years of Candlestick Park, the Giants home stadium, the area behind right field was open except for three small bleacher sections.
When McCovey came to bat, typically those bleachers would empty as the fans positioned themselves on the flat ground hoping to catch a McCovey
home run ball anticipating the gathering of boats in McCovey Cove, a generation later, when Barry Bonds would bat.

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8D
15s f/11.0 at 30.0mm iso200 full exif

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Ed Dowdy 22-Apr-2010 15:02
Great shot and thanks for the history to go with it.
Eloine 22-Apr-2010 05:06
Perfect in every way
Laura Milholland22-Apr-2010 04:51
This is an absolutely gorgeous shot, Mark! BV!
Paul Milholland22-Apr-2010 03:41
Marvelous photo, and a touching tribute to one of the all-time greats.
Zane Paxton21-Apr-2010 04:40
Nice one Mark!
Pauline21-Apr-2010 04:13
Lovely Mark.
Steve Thuman21-Apr-2010 02:34
WOW, talk about GREAT LIGHT!
American Imagery20-Apr-2010 22:10
Excellent lighting/exposure, Mark.
fotabug20-Apr-2010 17:41
Wonderful shot, a real winner! GMV
Roger Bailey20-Apr-2010 15:57
Another great D3 night image.
Matt Farias 20-Apr-2010 14:23
I agree he look pretty nice, good lighting and nice background. Say Mark there has been a big discussion on this 20-35mm lens which was replaced by the 17-35mm and now you have 16-35mm f4 lens. They are finding that the 16-35mm is sharper than the other two but if you really need the extra f-stop its a toss up between the 17-35mm and the 20-35mm. I'm getting this from the forums at the Nikonians and from Ken Rockwell. So how do you feel about your 20-35mm? I also curious if you have played with any of the other lenses?

Now that I have the D700 I'm looking for a ultra-wide zoom for this full frame format. I was going to start saving for the 14-24mm but they are also saying that the 16-35mm is even better and less expensive.
Greg W20-Apr-2010 14:23
Mark, I have to say... You sure have a home run shot here! Great lighting!
Jack Hoying20-Apr-2010 13:37
Looks nice. The light post much be just out of the scene.