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Willie Mays, certainly one of baseball’s all-time greats, dies at age 93

San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays dies at age 93 San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays dies at age 93 09:00 Willie Mays, the iconic baseball legend whose remarkable career spanned 22 seasons, has died, the San Francisco Giants announced Tuesday. He was 93. Mays “passed away peacefully this afternoon,” the Giants said in a

Willie Mays, certainly one of baseball’s all-time greats, dies at age 93

San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays dies at age 93


San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays dies at age 93

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Willie Mays, the long-lasting baseball legend whose exceptional profession spanned 22 seasons, has died, the San Francisco Giants introduced Tuesday. He was 93.

Mays “handed away peacefully this afternoon,” the Giants stated in a press release. 

“All of Main League Baseball is in mourning at present as we’re gathered on the very ballpark the place a profession and a legacy like no different started,” Main League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred stated in a press release Tuesday night. “Willie Mays took his all-around brilliance from the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League to the historic Giants franchise. From coast to coast in New York and San Francisco, Willie impressed generations of gamers and followers as the sport grew and really earned its place as our Nationwide Pastime.”  

Willie Mays And The World Series Trophy Visit New York City
Willie Mays visits a college in Harlem, subsequent to the positioning of the previous Polo Grounds, the place the brand new York Giants performed earlier than transferring to San Francisco in 1958, on Jan. 21, 2011, in New York Metropolis. 

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Mays had issued a press release Monday saying he would be unable to attend Thursday’s Giants particular tribute recreation in opposition to the St. Louis Cardinals, being performed at Rickwood Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama, in commemoration of Mays and the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues, with whom Mays started his skilled profession in 1948. 

The MLB stated Thursday’s recreation will now embrace a “pregame ceremony honoring the lifetime of Willie Mays.”

Nicknamed the “Say Hey Child,” Mays spent nearly all of his profession enjoying middle area for the Giants, first in New York after which after the workforce moved to San Francisco. Throughout Recreation 1 of the 1954 World Sequence, the one championship he would win, Mays made “The Catch” — an over-the-shoulder snag of a fly ball that’s nonetheless thought of the best catch within the historical past of the sport.

From then on, Mays was a cultural icon. 

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As a baby, Mays realized to play baseball from his father, Cat Mays, in Westfield, Alabama. A single dad and a steelworker, Cat performed on the native metal mill’s baseball workforce and made time to show his son play the sport he himself had aspired to play professionally. 

At 16, Mays joined the Birmingham Black Barons. After graduating from highschool in 1951, he was signed by the New York Giants. 

“I arrived in New York Metropolis on a Friday at 4 o’clock,” Mays recalled throughout his Corridor of Fame induction ceremony in 1979. “Scared to dying with three bats in my little briefcase, my glove, I did not have a uniform, I did not have a hat.”

It did not take lengthy to seek out his footing. Mays was named Nationwide League Rookie of the Yr after his first season.

Willie Mays Sliding into Home Plate in 1964
Willie Mays, of the San Francisco Giants, slides into house plate safely throughout a recreation in opposition to the New York Mets, Might 30, 1964.

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His profession was interrupted in 1952 when he was drafted by the Military in the course of the Korean Conflict. He was assigned to Fort Eustice in Virginia, and spent most of his time enjoying on navy baseball groups, in response to the Society for American Baseball Analysis. 

He was discharged in March of 1954, and rejoined the Giants for what would develop into a championship season, wherein he additionally gained his first of two MVP awards.

Willie Mays Signing an Autograph for Fans
Autograph-minded youngsters besiege the Giants’ Willie Mays on the Polo Grounds in New York Metropolis in 1957 after the final recreation earlier than the workforce moved to San Francisco.

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He moved with the workforce to San Francisco in 1958, led them to a World Sequence look in 1962 — shedding to the New York Yankees in seven video games — and have become the workforce’s captain in 1964. He gained his second MVP award in 1965.

Mays was traded to the New York Mets for the 1972-73 season, which might show to be his final.

Willie Mays at bat for the San Francisco Giants in the early 1970s
Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants able to hit throughout a Main League Baseball recreation within the early 1970’s. Mays performed for the Giants from 1951-72.

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He completed his enjoying profession with 660 house runs, the sixth most of all time.  He was a 24-time All-Star, tied for second most of all time, and gained 12 Golden Glove awards. 

Mays was a first-ballot Corridor of Famer, receiving 97% of the vote when he turned eligible in 1979.

Regardless of the commerce from the Giants, for the remainder of his life there was all the time a particular place for him within the San Francisco clubhouse, the place a go to from Mays usually impressed youthful gamers.

President Biden paid tribute to Mays in a press release Wednesday, saying: “Like so many others in my neighborhood and across the nation, once I performed Little League, I needed to play centerfield due to Willie Mays. It was a ceremony of passage to follow his basket catches, daring steals, and command on the plate — solely to be instructed by coaches to chop it out as a result of nobody can do what Willie Mays might do.”

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Mays, he added, “not solely entertained, above all, he impressed hundreds of thousands of individuals of all races to assist break by means of the colour line of sports activities, and to interrupt by means of the conscience of the Nation.”

A landmark statue was erected in 2000 in his honor outdoors of what’s now referred to as Oracle Park. The statue is surrounded by 24 palm timber, in homage to his quantity 24, which was additionally retired by the group. The statue is a small reminder of a person who was lengthy thought to be baseball’s biggest residing legend, even when that wasn’t essentially a label he cared for. 

“I by no means like that,” he stated in 2011. “In case you are the best ballplayer, you say, ‘you are the best ball participant.’ Slightly not the ‘residing ball participant’. What good is that? Once I first heard it, I stated, ‘Wait a minute. You imply I obtained to be handed away earlier than you guys give me credit score for doing one thing?’”

However all through the years, Mays’ mixture of velocity, energy and protection led many to think about him the best of all time, residing or useless.

James Brown


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James Brown is a particular correspondent for CBS Information. Brown has served as host for the CBS Tv Community’s NFL pre-game present, “The NFL Right now,” and had served as play-by-play announcer for the Community’s protection of school basketball, together with the NCAA Match.

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