Mays, Willie

Willie Howard Mays
Born: May 6, 1931, Westfield, Alabama
Played For: 
Birmingham Black Barons (1948-1950), New York Giants (1951-1957), San Francisco Giants (1958-1972), New York Mets (1972-1973)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1979

Willie Mays, the Say Hey Kid, played with enthusiasm and exuberance while excelling in all phases of the game -- hitting for average and power, fielding, throwing and baserunning. His staggering career statistics include 3,283 hits and 660 home runs. The Giants superstar earned National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1951 and two MVP Awards. He accumulated 12 Gold Gloves, played in a record-tying 24 All-Star games and participated in four World Series. His catch of Vic Wertz's deep fly in the '54 Series remains one of baseball's most memorable moments.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Willie Mays was the on-deck batter when Bobby Thomson hit his famous pennant-winning home run, "The Shot Heard 'Round the World," on Oct. 3, 1951?
They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays.
Ted Williams