Among President Obama’s 273 commutations and pardons on Tuesday was MLB Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.
One day after the Chicago Cubs jokingly “pardoned” President Obama for his White Sox fandom, the outgoing president issued a real pardon to baseball Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.
McCovey was among the 273 commutations and pardons announced by Obama on Tuesday, as the president forgave the San Francisco Giants legend’s 1995 conviction on tax evasion charges.
McCovey, along with Dodgers slugger Duke Snider, admitted to knowingly failing to report $70,000 earned by signing autographs and participating in memorabilia shows between 1988 and 1990. He was sentenced in 1996 to two years of probation and fined $5,000.
McCovey, who marked his 79th birthday on Jan. 10, slugged 521 home runs over a 22-year career that began in 1959, the Giants’ second year in San Francisco. He spent 18 of those seasons with the Giants, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986. He has had a series of health issues in recent years related to orthopedic procedures, and was hospitalized…