Willie Mays

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Willie Howard Mays, Jr. (born May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama) was a Major League Baseball player for 22 seasons, starting his career with the Giants in New York, remaining with the team during their relocation to San Francisco, and then ending his career with the New York Mets. He is considered one the greatest players of all time for his acrobatic fielding, steady hitting, and impressive baserunning. He is best remembered for his spectacular catch in game 1 of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. He finished his career with 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, 1,903 runs batted in, and 7,095 putouts.

About Willie Mays

  • Well, gentlemen, I'll tell ya - for the first 60 feet that was a hell of a pitch.
    • Warren Spahn describing to reporters his pitch that Willie Mays hit for his first career MLB home run. [1]
  • You know I didn't think that he would ever get to the ball, but he did. But then he had the presence of mind to wheel and throw the ball to second base to keep Larry Doby from scoring. Actually if he had tagged up, he could have scored from second base; that's how far the ball was hit. Now on the way in, after we got the third out, I ran in with him. You know, so I said to him, I said 'I didn't think you were going to get to that one'. He said 'You kiddin'? I had that one all the way'.
    • Monte Irvin describing Willie Mays' catch in game 1 of the 1954 World Series [2]


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