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  Willie Mays - MSN Encarta
Willie Mays, born in 1931, American baseball player, also known as the Say Hey Kid, who is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player in history.
Mays was noted as a right-handed hitter with a distinctive batting style and great power, but was equally praised for his defensive skills in center field.
Mays is remembered for a number of memorable catches, including his running, over-the-shoulder grab of Vic Wertz's drive to center field in the first game of the 1954 World Series.
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  Willie Mays - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mays performed poorly in the 1951 World Series, as the Giants were beaten 4-2 by the New York Yankees, but the series marked the only time that Mays and the ageing Joe DiMaggio would play on the same field.
Mays was a coach for the New York Mets and also acted in a PR role for the club until 1979.
Their home ballpark, SBC Park, is located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza with a larger-than-life statue of Mays in front of the main entrance, surrounded by 24 palm trees, and the right-field wall is 24-feet high, all in honor of Mays.
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 Willie Mays
Willie Mays had it all, could do it all, and did it all with a flair that made him a legend.
Willie Howard Mays was born on May 6, 1931 in Westfield, AL, a small steel mill town near Birmingham.
Mays adjusted to life in the pros quickly, hitting.353 in 81 games at Class B Trenton in 1950, and was batting at a.477 clip after 35 games at AAA Minneapolis when the Giants called him up in 1951.
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 Willie Mays Bio - Willie Mays Biography - Willie Mays Stories
Willie had 33 doubles in 1954, 33 doubles in 1958, 32 doubles in 1961, 32 doubles in 1963, 36 doubles in 1962 and a career high 43 doubles in 1959.
Willie had 195 hits in 1954, 195 hits in 1957, 190 hits in 1960, 189 hits in 1962, 187 hits in 1963 and a career high 208 hits in 1958.
Willie was on-deck on October 3, 1951, when Giant's slugger Bobby Thomson hit one of the most famous home runs in MLB history.
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 Willie Mays
May 25th, 1951: Giants rookie Willie Mays, who was hitting.477 with Minneapolis, goes 0-for-5 in his major-league debut against the Phils.
May 12th, 1958: Willie Mays hits the first grand slam in the history of the San Francisco Giants and adds another HR as Los Angeles loses 12-3.
May 11th, 1972: The Giants trade future Hall of Famer Willie Mays to the Mets for minor league P Charlie Williams and cash.
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 Willie Mays
Willie was discovered in 1948, at the age of 17, by Piper Davis of the Negro Leagues' Birmingham Black Barons.
Mays was named the National League's MVP that year and also was the recipient of the Hickok Belt, symbolic of the top professional athlete of the year.
Mays was selected by The Sporting News as the second-best baseball player of all time; he was selected third all time (behind Ruth and Honus Wagner) by Bill Harris in his Historical Baseball Abstract, where Harris rates every player who has played at the Major League level and has assigned a "statistical value" to each.
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 Great African American Baseball Players, Willie Mays, The 'Say Hey Kid' Major League Most Valuable Player and member of ...
Willie Mays began his major league baseball career with only one hit in his first 26 at-bats.
Mays was named Most Valuable Player that year for his many great plays, including his over-the-shoulder catch to sweep the Indians in the World Series.
An interesting fact about Willie Mays is that he is the godfather of another Giants' star Barry Bonds.
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 Willie Mays | The BASEBALL Page
Mays was loved by his teammates, as he often helped younger players become acclimated to the big leagues.
Mays was a tremendous athlete, and perhaps his baseball skills can best be summed up in the fact that from 1957-1966, he finished no lower than 6th in NL MVP voting every year.
Mays is one of the few players to hit four homers in a game...
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 Willie Mays - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
(born May 6, 1931 in) is a former star of Major League Baseball.
In Game 1 of the series Mays made one of the greatest defensive plays of all time, a brilliant over-the-shoulder catch of a long drive by, deep in centre field of the spacious Polo Grounds.
Willie also put himself at the center of the year's greatest controversy, acting as a peacemaker during Giant pitcher Juan Marichal's notorious attack on John Roseboro and helping the bleeding Dodger catcher from the field, an act that gained him considerable respect from the Los Angeles fans.
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 Reader's Companion to American History - -MAYS, WILLIE   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Mays is almost universally regarded as one of the half dozen or so greatest baseball players of all time.
Mays, who was born to a fl working-class family in Alabama, was a baseball prodigy.
Mays was chosen the player of the sixties in a Sporting News poll, and he was probably even better in the 1950s.
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 Willie Mays at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Mays, nicknamed The Say Hey Kid, played center field throughout his career, save for a few games at first base near the end of his career, and is regarded as one of the finest defensive players to ever field the position.
Mays also had tremendous batting skills; he is among the few players to have hit more than 50 home runs in each of two or more seasons.
Mays is remembered for making one of the greatest defensive plays of all time in Game 1 of the series, an over-the-shoulder catch off a long drive to deep center field by Vic Wertz.
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 Willie Mays
Willie Mays finished his career with 660 homers, 3,283 hits and a.302 average.
Mays was standing on a stage with a look of amazement belying his 66 years when President and Managing General Partner Peter Magowan announced in 1997 that the address of Pacific Bell Park would be Willie Mays Plaza.
One only has to look at that statue to realize that Willie Mays might be 70, but that he is also sealed in our minds at whatever age, and with whatever moment we admire the most from the life of this extraordinary and supremely special ballplayer.
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 ESPN.com: Mays brought joy to baseball
Willie had both, whether he was making an impossible catch of a Vic Wertz drive in the World Series or hitting the ball for three sewers with a broomstick when playing stickball with kids in Harlem.
Mays was born on May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Ala., a grimy steel-mill town near the outskirts of Birmingham.
Mays responded to this kid-glove treatment and proceeded to win Rookie of the Year with his 20 homers, 68 RBI and.274 average in 121 games.
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 Legends - Willie Mays
Willie Mays is ranked as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
In 1951, Willie Mays was 'Rookie of the Year.' Wonderful Willie began to display his raw talents with a dash of showmanship as he helped the N.Y. Giants capture the National League pennant.
Mays led the league in triples in 1954, 1955, and 1957.
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 Willie Mays - thatsalabama.com
Mays had his contract bought by the New York Giants in 1950 and in May of the following year, he was called up from the Giants AAA team, the Minneapolis Millers to the Major Leagues.
In 1952 and 1953, Mays served in the Army and returned to the Giants in 1954 where he would remain until 1972, when he was traded to the New York Mets.
Mays was elected to the Hall Of Fame in 1979, the first year that he was eligible.
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 Salon People | Inside baseball   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Mays signed some autographs for kids who happened to be hanging out, and then walked me into clubhouse manager Mike Murphy's tiny office, where I sat, tape recorder in my outstretched hand, and we talked when we weren't being interrupted by visitors.
Miller confided that he was known for his "Willie Mays stance" when he played Little League, and Mays, not believing that the portly broadcaster had ever picked up a bat, demanded the names of his teammates.
Willie Mays In the mid-'60s, whites weren't ready for the best baseball player to be fl, and fls weren't ready for him to be fl like Mays.
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 Willie Mays
Willie Mays is considered by many to be the most gifted baseball player of all time.
Mays slid over the plate at such speed he would have wiped out the Pirate catcher had there been a play.
Mays was at the height of his powers the year I first spotted the woman who was to become my wife and the mother of my children.
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 The My Hero Project - Willie Howard Mays
Mays was named Most Valuable Player that year for his many great plays, including his over-the-shoulder catch to sweep the Indians in the World Series.
Willie Mays is still alive today and living in California.
Willie Howard Mays was a favored baseball player.
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 The Next Willie Mays
Because he was the marquee outfielder on the San Francisco Giants after Willie Mays retired and because he possessed an impressive array of athletic skills, the comparisons came rolling ominously and inevitably his way.
The man who was supposed to be the next Willie Mays did not hit 660 home runs.  He never made an over-the-shoulder basket catch on a dead run in the World Series.  And he never fully escaped the shadow of the man who did.
He may not have been the next Willie Mays, but what he did become is certainly worthy of our respect and admiration.
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 TSN Presents - Baseball's 100 Greatest Players
Mays made an indelible stamp on the record books with 3,283 hits (ninth on the all-time list) and 660 home runs (third).
Mays appeared to be in perpetual motion -- even when standing still.
Mays used it to mesmerize fans for 22 major league seasons, from his 1951 rookie campaign with the New York Giants to his 1973 finale with the New York Mets.
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 A A World . Reference Room . Articles . Willie Mays | PBS
Willie, who batted and fielded right-handed, played semiprofessional baseball when he was 16 years old and joined the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro National League in 1948, playing only on Sunday during the school year.
In 1979 Mays took a public relations job with a company that was involved in gambling concerns, with the result that he was banned from baseball-related activities just three months after he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1985 the ban was lifted, and in 1986 Mays became a full-time special assistant to the Giants.
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 Willie Mays
He hit a double off Satchel Paige in his first at bat, but in his first year with the team, Mays' father's rule was that Willie could not accompany the team on road trips, and could not play on school nights, so until the school year ended he played only in home games.
Years later, Mays told how several of his white teammates had come to his hotel room, snuck in the window and slept on the floor, to make sure he was safe and to let him know he was one of them.
Mays was a good friend of fellow baseball player Bobby Bonds, and is the godfather of Bonds' son, Barry Bonds.
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 Kodak Presents - Baseball's 25 Greatest Moments brought to you by The Sporting News
Mays was running full speed when he reached toward the center field wall with his glove extended over his left shoulder and caught Wertz's ball 460 feet from home plate.
Mays knew Liddle was a ground-ball pitcher so, when Wertz came up to bat, Mays came in a few steps to try to throw a runner out at the plate.
Mays played until 1973, finished his career with a.302 average, 660 homers, 1,903 RBIs and 338 stolen bases.
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