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Pelosi shares photo of wrong black player in botched attempt to honor Willie Mays – New York Post

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to honor baseball legend Willie Mays for his 90th birthday Thursday, but those plans were initially fouled up after the 81-year-old pol tweeted out a smiling photo of herself — and Willie McCovey.

McCovey, another black Hall of Famer from the San Francisco Giants, also played around the same era as the Say Hey Kid. Pelosi apparently has smiling images of herself with both men and the mistaken photo was swiftly swapped out for a one of her with Mays.

The original birthday message from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a picture of Willie McCovey.
The original birthday message from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a picture of Willie McCovey.
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The second post from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a photo of Willie Mays.
The second post from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a photo of Willie Mays.
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McCovey died in 2018 at the age of 80, shortly after his marriage to girlfriend Estela Bejar.

“Happy 90th Birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays. A trailblazing, record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader, and champion for youth sports and well-being, Willie Mays is a civic legend and national treasure. #SayHey90,” Pelosi said, also sharing a longer statement touting his accomplishments.

Willie Mays warms up before a game in 1970.
Willie Mays warms up before a game in 1970.
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It’s unclear how long the mistake existed on the Speaker’s Twitter timeline. Her office swiftly fobbed the issue off to a staffer error.

Former San Francisco Giants players Willie Mays (left) and Willie McCovey at a ceremony in 2018.
Former San Francisco Giants players Willie Mays (left) and Willie McCovey at a ceremony in 2018.
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“A staffer inadvertently selected the wrong photo for the tweet,” Team Pelosi said in a statement to KCBS Radio. “The photo we wanted to use was of the Speaker and Willie Mays at Willie McCovey’s August 2018 wedding. The quickly deleted photo was the wrong photo from the right wedding. We apologize for the error.”

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