Mays, Willie

Mays, Willie (Howard, Jr.)

(1931–  ) baseball player; born in Westfield, Ala. During his 22-year career (1951–73) primarily with the New York and San Francisco Giants (he played most of his last two seasons with the New York Mets), he hit 660 homeruns, third highest in major league history, and twice won the league Most Valuable Player award (1954, 1965). Famous for his "basket" catches, he was one of the greatest defensive center fielders in the game's history. Nicknamed "the Say Hey Kid," his engaging personality made him a fan favorite. He was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1979.
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Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle from the Yankees; Orlando Cepeda, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry from the Giants.
While Willie "The Say Hey Kid" Mays, Willie "Stretch" Mc Covey, and Juan "The Dominican Dandy" Marichal did lead the Giants to the 1962 National League pennant and 1971 N.L.
20 of 91-year-old Hall of Famer Monte Irvin - with Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry and Orlando Cepeda on hand - offering quite a glimpse of Giants past and future.
Murakami pitched on a talent-laden Giants team that included Perry, Juan Marichal, Bob Shaw, Warren Spahn, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Jim Davenport, and Jim Ray Hart.
Look and you see, scrawled, the names of Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson, Eddie Mathews, Mike Schmidt, Harmon Killebrew, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Mickey Mantle.
"When fans are spending their hard-earned cash to watch you play, and you're making big money, they don't want to know that you've been out to the wee hours," said former Giant Al Gallagher, who played alongside Hall-of-Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and Juan Marichal.
With: Ron Santo, Bill Murray, William Petersen, Dennis Franz, Gary Sinise, Joel Murray, Tom Dreesen, Brian Doyle Murray, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Brooks Robinson, Tommy Lasorda, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan.
Seasonal home runs POS PLAYER YEAR ADJ-HR REAL-HR RP ([dagger]) 1 Bonds, Barry * 2001 74 73 1 2 McGwire, Mark 1998 70 70 2 3 Sosa, Sammy * 1998 65 66 3 4 Sosa, Sammy * 2001 64 64 5 5 Maris, Roger 1961 63 61 7 6 McGwire, Mark 1999 62 65 4 7 Sosa, Sammy * 1999 59 63 6 8 Ruth, Babe 1927 58 60 8 9 McGwire, Mark 1997 57 58 10T 10 Mays, Willie 1965 56 52 22T 11T Ruth, Babe 1921 55 59 9 19T Foxx, Jimmie 1932 53 58 10T 29T Greenberg, Hank 1938 52 58 10T 81T Ruth, Babe 1919 46 29 *** 95T Freeman, Buck 1899 45 25 *** 119T Schulte, Frank 1911 44 21 *** 165T Cravath, Gavvy 1915 42 24 *** 165T Wilson, Chief 1912 42 11 *** b.
The five sluggers to win Rookie of the Year honors and go on to hit 500 career home runs are Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Eddie Murray, Mark McGwire and Frank Robinson.
I saw Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Hank Aaron, Rocky Colavito, Frank Howard, Harmon Killebrew, Willie Stargell, Mark McGwire, and on and on and on, but no one--and I mean no one!--ever hit the ball higher and farther than Dave Kingman.