Nancy Pelosi tweets a happy birthday to Willie Mays – then posts a photo of the wrong black player

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Nancy Pelosi tweets a happy 90th birthday to Willie Mays – but posts a photo of fellow San Francisco Giants legend Willie McCovey

  • Baseball legend Willie Mays celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday
  • Nancy Pelosi tweeted a celebration in honor of Mays
  • She also included a photo, but the image featured former Giants star Willie McCovey, not Mays, as she intended
  • McCovey played around the same era, but passed away in 2018
  • The tweet has been deleted and an identical tweet with a new photo has been posted
  • Pelosi’s office blamed one staff member for the mistake

Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to ‘say hello’ to baseball legend Willie Mays on his birthday proved difficult after posting a photo of the wrong athlete on Twitter.

Thursday marked the 90th birthday of Mays, who is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

“Congratulations on the 90th birthday of an all-American icon, Willie Mays,” the House Speaker tweeted Thursday. A trailblazing, record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader and champion for youth sports and wellness, Willie Mays is a civic legend and national treasure. # SayHey90 ‘

The tweet showed Pelosi with a former San Francisco Giants player, as well as another woman, said WTRF.

Nancy Pelosi accidentally posted a photo of the wrong birthday baseball legend this week

Nancy Pelosi accidentally posted a photo of the wrong birthday baseball legend this week

Pelosi's original tweet with Willie McCovey and his wife

Pelosi's updated tweet with Willie Mays

Pelosi initially posted a photo with Willie McCovey (left) before fixing it with Willie Mays (right)

The only problem is that the former Giants player wasn’t Mays, but another Hall of Famer fellow, Willie McCovey.

KCBS Radio reports that the photo appears to be from McCovey’s wedding to Estela in August 2018.

McCovey and Mays overlapped on the team for a number of years, but McCovey passed away at the age of 80 in October 2018, months after the wedding.

Someone on Pelosi’s tweet must have noticed the error because the original tweet was deleted and later replaced with a new tweet, with the exact same text, but with a new photo.

Mays (photo) was a teammate of McCovey for several years (photo in 2018)

Mays (photo) was a teammate of McCovey for several years (photo in 2018)

Mays (left) and McCovey are legends, with both enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  McCovey, meanwhile, passed away in October 2018 at the age of 80

Mays (left) and McCovey are legends, with both enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. McCovey, meanwhile, passed away in October 2018 at the age of 80

It’s not clear how long the wrong tweet was before it was replaced, but Pelosi’s office was quick to blame an employee for the mistake.

“An executive accidentally chose the wrong photo for the tweet,” a statement read to KCBS Radio.

The photo we wanted to use was of the speaker and Willie Mays at Willie McCovey’s wedding in August 2018. The photo quickly deleted was the wrong photo of the correct wedding. We apologize for the error. ‘

Despite the apologies and quick fix, some on Twitter were quick to jump on Pelosi for the mistake.

“The second time is the charm,” Brian Bruce tweeted.

“I was expecting half a picture with Orlando Cepeda or something,” Brad Williams replied, referring to another Giants player from the same era.

The Pelosi district represents San Francisco and casts its mistake in a particularly blatant light.

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