Willie Mays

Willie Mays
Birthdate 5/6/1931
Death Date
Debut Year 1951
Year of Induction 1979
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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Vic Wertz did much more than fly out to Willie Mays in the ’54 World Series

May 1st, 2021 Leave a comment

Willie Mays catch

World Series heroics in a losing cause Vic Wertz played over 1,000 big league games by the time he reached his only World Series in 1954. Once he got to baseball’s biggest stage he was sensational. In Game 1 Wertz opened the scoring with a two-run triple to deep right. In his next two at bats, Wertz hit sharp singles. Then in the 8th inning and the score tied 2-2, Wertz came to bat with two runners on. The first baseman ripped a line drive to deep centerfield in New York’s cavernous Polo Grounds. Giants center fielder Willie Mays turned his back to the plate and sprinted toward the wall. Mays caught up to it and made a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab 450 feet from the plate. “The Catch” brought the 52,751 fans in attendance to their feet. The Giants won the game 5-2 in ten innings. Though his Indians were swept in the Series, Wertz went 8-for-16 with four extra-base hits. For Mays the Game 1 play was another memorable moment in a career filled with them. With 660 homers, 24 all star appearances, 12 straight Gold Gloves and four consecutive MVP Awards, he is regarded by many as the […]

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The William J. Slocum Award is one of MLB’s most prestigious honors

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Vin Scully was presented the prestigious Slocum Award in 1995

The oldest professional sport in the United States, baseball remains America’s National Pastime to this day. The game’s current leagues were flourishing soon after the end of the 1800s. Every city with a team had multiple newspapers reporting their games. Sportswriters worked from stadium press boxes describing their team’s contests in great detail. The widespread news coverage helped grow the game.
In 1908 writers banded together to form the Baseball Writers Association of America. The BBWAA’s founding mission was to “ensure professional working conditions for beat writers at all MLB ballparks and to promote uniformity of scoring methods.
Early in the 1900s New York City boasted three big league teams, the Giants and Dodgers of the National League, and the Highlanders – who later became the Yankees – in the American League. The Big Apple soon became the hub of the baseball world.
One of the writers who covered the New York teams was William J. Slocum. Respected for his baseball knowledge and writing ability, Slocum quickly rose to the top of his profession. Well-liked, he helped organize the New York chapter of the BBWAA.
The Bill Slocom Award is one of the most prestigious awards baseball has to offer. The little-known honor has been given to more than 50 members of the Hall of Fame.

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