Willy Mays passes away at 93

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2024 5:20 pm    Post subject: Willy Mays passes away at 93

RIP…..thanks for the the baseball say hey

I’ve caught two MLB baseballs … one hit by Willy Mays and the last one by Reggie Jackson


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2024 5:26 pm    Post subject:

I could've sworn he had a birthday recently. Anyways another legendary athlete gone. May he RIP
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2024 5:26 pm    Post subject:

titan of sport

he and Jerry West leaving in the same week is terrible for the race
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2024 7:13 pm    Post subject:

When Willie Mays caught Vic Wertz over the shoulder his throw into second base held Larry Doby and Cleveland to runners at first and third with one out. The catch is highlighted but the throw is glossed over.


The stories about him playing stickball with kids are true. When he visited Monty Irvin in Orange NJ he played with us. When we went to the Polo Grounds we usually sat in center field. He would throw baseballs to us. I got my hands on one. Willie was very affable. I was raised to call an older person Mr. Miss or Mrs. He insisted we call him Willie. RIP
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2024 1:10 am    Post subject:

Perennial GG center fielder who is also in the 600 home runs and 3000 hits club. Savant on the base paths. One of one. RIP. Legend.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2024 7:21 am    Post subject:

Mays was the greatest 5 tool player baseball has ever seen. While having over 600 HRs is impressive at face value, you have to realize that in the second half of his career he was playing in the thick, moist air at sea level, not to mention that Candlestick was no bandbox.

One fun fact: When Ralph Branca gave up the pennant-winning HR ("The Shot Heard Around the World") he was immediately criticized for not walking Bobby Thompson and going after the rookie sitting on deck. That criticism disappeared in the years that followed as that rookie was Willie Mays.
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