Nancy Pelosi confuses Willies, posts photo of McCovey on Mays birthday


Mark this one a big mistake for Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

Thursday was the 90th birthday of MLB legend Willie Mays, who has played most of his career for Pelosi’s home team, the San Francisco Giants.

But Pelosi marked the occasion by posting a photo of herself with another famous Willie, former Giants star Willie McCovey, who died in 2018.

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“Happy 90th birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays,” Pelosi captioned the photo of herself and McCovey, who was a longtime Mays teammate in the 1960s and 1970s and was also feared in as a home hitter. (McCovey’s wife Estela was also pictured.)

The speaker’s office, which blamed a staff member for the error, quickly exchanged a photo of Pelosi with the correct Willie, using the same caption.

Baseball legend Willie Mays is seen in San Francisco on August 19, 2016. (Associated Press)

Baseball legend Willie Mays is seen in San Francisco on August 19, 2016. (Associated Press)

But sharp-eyed social media users have already noticed the error.

“I was half expecting a photo with Orlando Cepeda or something like that,” a commentator wrote, referring to another Giants star of the time.

“The second time is the charm,” another wrote.

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Mays – who started with the Giants in the 1950s when the team was based in New York City, then concluded his career in the 1970s with the New York Mets – received many birthday wishes, including from retired Yankees star Derek Jeter Retired baseball broadcaster Vin Scully and former President Barack Obama, according to San Francisco radio station KCBS.

During their Hall of Fame career, Mays hit 660 home runs while McCovey hit 521.



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