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Barry Bonds, Barack Obama, Extra Submit Tributes to Willie Mays After MLB Legend’s Demise

Timothy Rapp @@TRappaRT Featured Columnist IV June 19, 2024 Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images Willie Mays, arguably the greatest all-around player in baseball history, died on Tuesday. He was 93. “My father has passed away peacefully and among loved ones,” his son, Michael Mays, said in a statement released by the San Francisco Giants. “I want to

Barry Bonds, Barack Obama, Extra Submit Tributes to Willie Mays After MLB Legend’s Demise

Timothy LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 19, 2024

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 18: An image of Willie Mays is displayed on the video board while everyone observed a moment of silence during the sixth inning of a game between the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on June 18, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Giants 5-2. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

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Willie Mays, arguably the best all-around participant in baseball historical past, died on Tuesday. He was 93.

“My father has handed away peacefully and amongst family members,” his son, Michael Mays, said in a statement launched by the San Francisco Giants. “I wish to thanks all from the underside of my damaged coronary heart for the unwavering love you’ve proven him over time. You might have been his life’s blood.”

MLB Community @MLBNetwork

24-time All-Star, 12-time Gold Glover, 2-time MVP, World Sequence champion, Corridor of Famer.

MLB Community mourns the passing of one among our sport’s most iconic figures, Willie Mays.

SFGiants @SFGiants

There’ll by no means be one other fairly like Willie Mays 🧡

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SF Giants on NBCS @NBCSGiants

“We’ll play in his honor.”

Logan Webb is heartbroken that Willie Mays handed earlier than Thursday’s sport at Rickwood Area

Mays was a 24-time All-Star, two-time NL MVP and 12-time Gold Glover. He ranks sixth all time in homers (660), seventh in runs (2,068), twelfth in RBI (1,909) and thirteenth in hits (3,293).

He actually was a legend of the game, and there have been no scarcity of tributes on Tuesday night as information of his dying grew to become public:

Barack Obama @BarackObama

Willie Mays wasn’t only a singular athlete, blessed with an unmatched mixture of grace, talent and energy. He was additionally a splendidly heat and beneficiant particular person – and an inspiration to a complete technology. I am fortunate to have frolicked with him over time, and Michelle and I…

Mike Trout @MikeTrout

I am saddened by the passing of legend Willie Mays, one of many biggest baseball gamers of all time with a outstanding impression on the sport. Thanks for every part you gave us, Relaxation in Peace! #24

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Be A King @BerniceKing

Relaxation nicely, #WillieMays. #theSayHeyKid #Giant #MLK

Derek Jeter @derekjeter

Probably the greatest to ever play the sport and even a greater particular person. Ideas and prayers are with Willie’s household and family members.

Dave Winfield @DaveWinfieldHOF

It was my pleasure and honor to have performed in opposition to arguably one of the best @mlb@MLBPA⁩ participant of all time. And to name #WillieMays my buddy is incrediblyspecial #RIP “Say Hey” Child

Patrick Mahomes II @PatrickMahomes

RIP to a real legend #HeyKid

Roger Clemens @rogerclemens

Relaxation in Peace to the “Say Hey Child”. One of many biggest gamers of all time! Prayers to his household 🙏

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CC Sabathia @CC_Sabathia

I am going to always remember at the present time once I walked in and heard, “that is that boy who wears his hat like this.”

RIP Willie Mays. You modified the sport eternally and impressed children like me to chase our dream. Thanks for every part that you simply did on and off the sphere. At all times in our hearts…

Andruw Jones @andruwjones25

R.I.P 🙏🏾

Billy Crystal @BillyCrystal

The good @Willie Mays has handed away. Had the glory of speaking with him a number of instances. He cherished that we talked about his ’54 World Sequence catch in @CitySlickers.The person who hit the ball and the ” Large” who caught it signed this ball. RIP #24.. a thrill to observe you play.

Frank Thomas @TheBigHurt_35

R.I.P to Willie Mays! There’s nice gamers after which there’s True Legends. God Bless🙏🏾

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Earvin Magic Johnson @MagicJohnson

I am devastated to listen to concerning the passing of the legendary Corridor of Famer Willie Mays, one of many major causes I fell in love with baseball. Cookie and I are praying for his household, pals, and followers throughout this tough time. 🙏🏾

JIMMY ROLLINS @JimmyRollins11

Willie Mays #24 was a legend amongst legends. I’m blessed to have spent a couple of weeks round Willie and I can inform you this, baseball lived deep within his coronary heart and he may trash discuss with one of the best of them! Thanks Willie 🙏🏾🕊️ #restinparadise

Former Giants nice and Mays’ godson, Barry Bonds, said on Instagram that he was “past devastated and overcome with emotion. I’ve no phrases to explain what you imply to me—you helped form me to be who I’m immediately. Thanks for being my Godfather and all the time being there. Give my dad a hug for me. Relaxation in peace Willie, I really like you eternally.”

FOX Sports activities: MLB @MLBONFOX

Barry Bonds shared a heartfelt message about Willie Mays on his Instagram. 🧡🖤

The Giants have been scheduled to play the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday at Rickwood Area in Birmingham, Alabama, in honor of each Mays and the Negro Leagues.

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“Thursday’s sport at historic Rickwood Area was designed to be a celebration of Willie Mays and his friends,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “With disappointment in our hearts, it is going to now additionally function a nationwide remembrance of an American who will eternally stay on the brief listing of probably the most impactful people our nice sport has ever identified.”

The “Say Hey Child” was a real nationwide treasure, not only for what he achieved, but in addition for the way he performed the sport.

“Once I performed ball, I attempted to ensure everyone loved what I used to be doing,” he told NPR in 2010. “I made the clubhouse man match me a cap that once I ran, the wind will get up within the backside and it flies proper off. Folks love that sort of stuff.”

They most actually did. However no one pulled it off fairly like Mays.

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