Willie Mays

Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants
Birthdate5/6/1931
Death Date
Debut Year1951
Year of Induction1979
Teams Giants, Mets
Position Center Field

Willie Mays shares the record for most All Star appearances with Hank Aaron and Stan Musial. Each of the trio played in 24 mid-summer classics.

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Two of the greatest catches in World Series play were made by Willie Mays and Al Gionfriddo

Two of the greatest catches in World Series play were made by Willie Mays and Al Gionfriddo

Who made the greatest catch in World Series history? Historians and fans alike debate the question. Some say it was Al Gionfriddo’s grab of Joe DiMaggio’s shot down the left field line in the 1947 World Series. Others maintain that Willie Mays’ catch off of the bat of ClevelandR
Willie Mays' most memorable catch came in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series

Willie Mays' most memorable catch came in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series

The date was September 29, 1954. The cavernous Polo Grounds played host to Game 1 of the World Series as the Giants took on the Indians. Cleveland jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first behind Vic Wertz’ two-run triple. New York clawed back to tie
Al Gionfriddo robbed Joe DiMaggio of extra bases in the 1947 World Series

Al Gionfriddo robbed Joe DiMaggio of extra bases in the 1947 World Series

Few catches in World Series history rival Willie Mays’ over-the-shoulder grab of Vic Wertz’ drive in 1954. One of the few that are in the conversation is Al Gionfriddo’s effort in the ’47 Fall Classic. It happened in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium. Gionfriddo’s Brooklyn Dodge
Willie Mays found stardom early, earning the Rookie of the Year Award in 1951

Willie Mays found stardom early, earning the Rookie of the Year Award in 1951

Willie Mays made an immediate impact once he reached the Major Leagues. The 1951 Rookie of the Year was the league’s MVP by his third season. All told Mays was a 24-time All Star and two-time All Star and regular season MVP. He also won 12 consecutive Gold Glove Awards. In
Willie Mays earned the prestigious Slocum Award in 1974

Willie Mays earned the prestigious Slocum Award in 1974

Though the William J. Slocum Award is little known to baseball fans, those in the know regard it as one of the most prestigious awards the game has to offer. Given each year to a person judged to have long and meritorious service to baseball, the honor has been given to the most influential men in b

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