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Willie Mays Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

WILLIE MAYS
Born: May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 10.5" Weight: 170
First Game: May 25, 1951 ; Final Game: September 9, 1973
Awards and Achievements
Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1979
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1954 and 1965)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1954)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1954 and 1965)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1951)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News (1951)
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1963 and 1968)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1954 and 1957 to 1960)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1961 to 1966)
Won Major League Gold Glove as center fielder (1957)
Won NL Gold Glove as center fielder (1958 to 1960)
Won NL Gold Glove as outfielder (1961 to 1968)
Biography | show moreshow less
Full name Willie Howard Mays
Born May 6, 1931, Westfield, Alabama
First Game: May 25, 1951; Final Game: September 9, 1973
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 10.5" Weight: 170

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1979
Named NL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1954 and 1965)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1954)
Named NL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1954 and 1965)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1951)
Named NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News (1951)
Named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1963 and 1968)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1954 and 1957 to 1960)
Named outfielder on The Sporting News NL All-Star Team (1961 to 1966)
Won Major League Gold Glove as center fielder (1957)
Won NL Gold Glove as center fielder (1958 to 1960)
Won NL Gold Glove as outfielder (1961 to 1968)

WILLIE MAYS
This article was written by John Saccoman and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
If somebody came up and hit .450, stole 100 bases, and performed a miracle in the field every day, I'd still look you right in the eye and tell you that Willie was better. He could do the five things you have to do to be a superstar: hit, hit with power, run, throw and field. And he had the other magic ingredient that turns a superstar into a super Superstar. Charisma. He lit up a room when he came in. He was a joy to be around.
--Leo Durocher, Mays's first manager, Nice Guys Finish Last

Many contemporaries agree with Leo Durocher's assessment of Willie Mays as the best all-around player in baseball history. Monte Irvin, Willie's roommate in his early days with the Giants, said, "I think anybody who saw him will tell you that Mays is the greatest ballplayer that ever lived." Stan Musial, Mays's fellow 1950s immortal, echoes these sentiments, saying, "Willie ranks with DiMaggio as the best I ever saw. He's the perfect ballplayer too. Mays can beat a club with his bat, his glove, his arm and his legs."

In baseball's never ending attempts to somehow order its gods, Mays is the only contender whose proponents rarely use statistics to make their case. It is as if Mays's 660 home runs and 3,283 base hits somehow sell the man short, that his wonderful playing record is almost beside the point. With Mays it is not merely what he did -- but how he did it. He scored more than 2,000 runs, nearly all of them, it would seem, after losing his cap flying around third base. He is credited with more than 7000 outfield putouts, most exciting, some spectacular, a few breathtaking. How do you measure that? An artist and a genius, for most of his 23 seasons in the big leagues, you simply could not keep your eyes off Willie Mays.

The great ballplayer's father, William Howard Mays, was named after William Howard Taft, who was the United States president when he was born in 1912. The elder Mays worked in the steel mills of Westfield, Alabama, outside Birmingham. Nicknamed "Kitty-Kat" or "Cat," he was a semipro baseball player for the Westfield entry in the Tennessee Coal and Iron League. Cat's father, Willie's grand-father, Walter Mays, was a sharecropper and pitcher. Cat's wife, the former Anna Sattlewhite, was a high school track star. Willie once wrote, "[She] held a couple of women's track records in that part of the country."

Film Credits | show moreshow less
2008 2008 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2006 Costas Now (in person), 2003 100 Years of the World Series (in person), 1998 Up Close Primetime (in person), 1993 Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '93 (in person), 1974-1976 The Way It Was (in person), 1974 Today (in person), 1973 1973 World Series (in person), 1965-1970 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1970 1970 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1970 Della (in person), 1969 1969 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1967 1967 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1964-1966 The Donna Reed Show (in person), 1964 1964 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1958 1958 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1954 Tonight! (in person), 2003 ESPN SportsCentury (Other), 1991 When It Was a Game (Other), 2010 Charlie Rose (in person), 1999 ABC 2000: The Millennium (in person), 1990 The Golden Decade of Baseball (in person), 1977 1977 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1972 1972 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1969 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1964-1967 The Hollywood Palace (in person), 1963 A Man Named Mays (in person), 1956 The NBC Comedy Hour (in person), 1955 1955 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1951 1951 World Series (in person), 2011 Prime 9 (Other), 1992 Malcolm X (Other), 1974 Dinah! (in person), 2010 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (in person), 2007 2007 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2000 Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years (in person), 1989 My Two Dads (in person), 1985 When Nature Calls (in person), 1973 1973 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1971 1971 National League Championship Series (in person), 1969 The Joe Namath Show (in person), 1967 All-Star Benefit Celebrity Baseball Game (in person), 1966 Bewitched (in person), 1965 1965 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1963 1963 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1962 1962 World Series (in person), 1954-1962 What's My Line (in person), 1960 Home Run Derby (in person), 1954 1954 World Series (in person), 2010 A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 1939 (Other), 2003 The Curse of the Bambino (Other), 1999 Summer of Sam (Other), 1960 World Wide '60 (Other), 1987 A Giants History: The Tale of Two Cities (in person), 2006 The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American (in person), 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (Sound), 2009-2011 Prime 9 (in person), 2005 The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (in person), 2005 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (in person), 2000-2004 ESPN SportsCentury (in person), 2000 Michael Jordan to the Max (in person), 2000 Joe DiMaggio: The Final Chapter (in person), 1992 1992 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1991 This Week in Baseball's Greatest Plays (in person), 1989 Mr. Belvedere (in person), 1973 1973 National League Championship Series (in person), 1972 The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (in person), 1971 1971 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1968 1968 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1966 1966 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1957 1957 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1956 1956 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1954 1954 MLB All-Star Game (in person), 2005 ESPN 25: Who's #1 (Other), 1997 The Fifties (Other), 1992 The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History (Other), 1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1958 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (in person), 1955-1957 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1990 Baseball's Greatest Hits (in person)

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