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Happy 85th birthday Willie Mays
Fri May 06, 2016 11:06 am
  • IMO the greatest baseball player ever. I'm honored to have seen him play while he was still in his prime, even if it was only on TV. The very definition of a 5 tool player.



    After winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1951, Mays was selected to 20 All-Star teams, won two NL Most Valuable Player awards and won 12 straight Gold Gloves from 1957-68. He finished in the top-10 in the MVP voting 12 times in 13 seasons from 1954-66. The one season Mays finished outside the top 10 in that 13-year stretch was 1956 (17th place). He batted .296 with 101 runs, 36 home runs, 84 runs batted in and 40 stolen bases that season. It was the first 30/40 season in MLB history.
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Re: Happy 85th birthday Willie Mays
Sat May 07, 2016 2:07 pm
  • Never saw him play but read books of him ect..I remember reading that the manager told him to stop hitting so many homeruns,I'm not sure of the reason but if true-Wow..
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Re: Happy 85th birthday Willie Mays
Tue May 17, 2016 4:42 am
  • hawksfansinceday1 wrote:IMO the greatest baseball player ever. I'm honored to have seen him play while he was still in his prime, even if it was only on TV. The very definition of a 5 tool player.



    After winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1951, Mays was selected to 20 All-Star teams, won two NL Most Valuable Player awards and won 12 straight Gold Gloves from 1957-68. He finished in the top-10 in the MVP voting 12 times in 13 seasons from 1954-66. The one season Mays finished outside the top 10 in that 13-year stretch was 1956 (17th place). He batted .296 with 101 runs, 36 home runs, 84 runs batted in and 40 stolen bases that season. It was the first 30/40 season in MLB history.


    I never saw him play live but I agree with your sentiment. 'Say Hey' is probably my favorite sports book. Mays will always be the example I judge players by. He could pitch, too.
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