Former St. Paul’s School and University of Maryland baseball star LaMonte Wade, Jr., who has earned the nickname Late Night LaMonte for the his numerous 9th inning heroics during his first year with the San Francisco Giants, was named the 2021 Willie Mac Award winner before the Giants’ Friday night game with Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Willie Mac Award, named in honor of legendary Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, has been given every year since 1980 to the Giants player considered most inspirational by a vote of the team’s players, coaches, trainers and fans.
Wade has made a significant contribution this year for San Francisco, which has already won 106 games. Wade has played in a career high 108 games, and he has set career highs in every offensive category, including doubles (17), triples (3), home runs (18), steals (6), walks (32) and RBI (55). In addition he has six game-tying or winning hits in the 9th inning, the most by any major league player in the last 40 years.
Wade broke into the majors with the Minnesota Twins in 2019 and played in 42 games with the Twins over the last two years, before being traded to San Francisco during the offseason.