Barack Obama pardons former MLB great
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. But in the MFST world, it was nothing more than a blip on my radar–however, his decision to pardon a former MLB great came as more newsworthy to me.
That ‘great’ is no other than Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Barack Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was short and sweet. But it’s enough to wash away the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.
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