Joe Montana passed to Dwight Clark for another memorable play on Sunday.
San Francisco plans to name the streets of a development on the land formerly occupied by Candlestick Park after some of the city’s most prominent sports figures, and Montana says he wants “Joe Montana Drive” to also honor the wide receiver who caught the 49ers legend’s most famous pass.
“I would like to share this,” Montana said at the two-hour event at San Francisco’s City Hall. “I would ask that you change this to Montana-Clark Drive.”
Montana and Clark hooked up for the winning touchdown in the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys. Clark’s leaping grab in the back of the end zone is remembered simply as “The Catch” and was one of several memorable sports moments at the 49ers’ former stadium.
The site where Candlestick Park once stood is being converted into a mixed-use development project complete with streets named after some of the greats who played there, which was also the home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants.
Montana says he wants “to honor my very special friend.” Clark, whose No. 87 has been retired by the 49ers, announced last month he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that attacks cells that control muscles.
“We’re all in this together, and we’ll find ways to win,” Montana said of the team’s old mantra. “…On and off the field, everybody tried to help everybody else in any way they possibly could.”
An image of The Catch will be featured in a public mural at the development project.
Among the other former 49ers who will have streets named for them: defensive back Ronnie Lott, longtime owner Edward J. DeBartolo, receiver Jerry Rice and coach Bill Walsh, who died in 2007. His sign, Bill Walsh Street, was presented to his widow, Geri.
“These names will honor the history of the ‘stick, and recognize some of the amazing athletes who’ve called the city home,” San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said of the plans to recognize the city’s sports stars on a 7,000-home master planned development, the city’s largest such project in more than a century.
“When these families move into the neighborhood they’ll be living on streets bearing the names of some of San Francisco’s most cherished athletes and executives,” Lee said.
Former Giants players — Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda and Barry Bonds — also will have streets in their honor. Willie McCovey will have a park named after him. McCovey’s 231 home runs at Candlestick Park were the most by any batter in a stadium infamous for its blustery wind.
“I enjoyed Candlestick. I was one of the few players who enjoyed playing there,” McCovey said.
Carmen Policy, the longtime 49ers executive and DeBartolo’s right-hand man, will also get a street, Carmen Policy Avenue.
“I always figured if I got something named after me, it would be Carmen Policy Alley, where you put your garbage,” Policy jokingly said. “To have it actually say Avenue — it’s pretty special.”
The 49ers, who won five Super Bowls during their days at Candlestick, moved to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara in 2014. The Giants moved to AT&T Park in 2000, where they have since won three World Series titles.