Willie Mays is widely considered to be the greatest all-around baseball player of all-time. He could do everything. In the pre-PED era he hit 660 home runs, fourth all-time and hit over 50 home runs in 1955 and 1965, representing the longest time span between 50-plus home run seasons for any player in Major League Baseball history. Mays won two MVP awards and tied Stan Musial’s record with 24 appearances in the All-Star Game. Ted Williams said, “They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays.” He was a center fielder, famous for making “The Catch,” and won a record-tying 12 Gold Gloves starting the year the award was introduced six seasons into his career. Today as we celebrate his 82nd birthday let’s look back at the life and career of Willie Mays.
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