Willie Mays

Willie Mays was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Center Fielder

Born: May 6, 1931 at Westfield, AL
Height: 5-11 Weight: 180
Threw and batted right-handed
New York (Giants) N.L. 1951-1952, 1954-1957;
San Francisco N.L. 1958-1972; New York (Mets) N.L. 1972-1973

Willie Mays, the "Say Hey Kid," excelled in all phases of the game with a boyish enthusiasm and infectious exuberance. His staggering career statistics totaled 3,283 hits and 600 home runs. "You used to think if the score was 5-0, he'd hit a five run homer," recalled Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson. The New York Giants superstar earned National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1951 and two N.L. Most Valuable Player awards (1954 and 1965). He accumulated 12 Gold Glove awards and played in a record-tying 24 All-Star games. His catch of Vic Wertz's deep fly ball in the 1954 World Series remains one of baseball's most memorable moments.