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21 Willie Mays Facts You Need to Know!

Willie Mays facts

Is Willie Mays still alive?

Yes. Mays was born on May 6, 1931, and turned 91 years old in 2022.

When did Willie Mays debut in the major leagues?

Mays debuted with the New York Giants on May 25, 1951.

Did Willie Mays go to college?

No, the New York Giants signed Mays as an amateur free agent in 1950 when he was 19 years old.

Did Willie Mays play in the Negro Leagues?

Yes. Mays played for the Birmingham Black Barons in the Negro American League in 1948.

How tall is Willie Mays?

During his prime, Mays stood 5’10” tall.

Is Willie Mays in the Hall of Fame?

Yes, Willie Mays is in the Hall of Fame.

When was Willie Mays elected to the Hall of Fame?

Mays was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility. The Say Hey Kid was named on 94.7% of ballots for enshrinement in Cooperstown.

What is Willie Mays’ nickname?

Mays was known throughout his career as “The Say Hey Kid.”

What was Willie Mays’s lifetime batting average?

For his career, Mays hit .301, collecting 3293 hits in 10924 at-bats.

How many home runs did Willie Mays hit?

Mays hit 660 home runs in his career, a total that was third most in baseball history when m he retired in 1973 (only Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron had more at that time).

What was Willie Mays’ number?

Mays wore number 14 for the 1951 New York Giants, then switched to number 24 for the remainder of his career.

What teams did Willie Mays play for?

Mays played for the New York Giants from 1951 through 1957, when they moved to San Francisco in advance of the 1958 season.

Mays played for the San Francisco Giants from 1958 until May of 1972, when San Fran traded him to the New York Mets.

Mays played for the Mets in 1972 and 1973.

How many MVP awards did Willie Mays win?

Mays won two National League MVP awards, in 1954 and 1965.

What was Willie Mays’ salary?

Mays’ yearly MLB salary ranged from a low of $7500 as a rookie in 1951 to a high of $165,000 in each of his last two seasons (1972 and 1973).

When was Willie Mays born?

Willie Mays was born on May 6, 1931.

Where did Willie Mays grow up?

Mays grew up in and around Fairfield, Alabama. His father, Cat Mays, was a talented baseball player who exposed his son to the diamond at an early age. Mays’ mother, Annie Satterwhite, was a basketball and track star in high school.

How many Gold Gloves did Willie Mays win?

Mays won 12 Gold Gloves during his MLB career, all for his work in centerfield. Mays won his Gold Gloves in consecutive seasons, from 1957 through 1968.

Did Willie Mays ever lead the league in home runs?

Yes, Mays led the National League in home runs four times, in 1955, 1962, 1964, and 1965.

Did Willie Mays ever lead the league in stolen bases?

Yes, Mays led the National League in stolen bases for four consecutive seasons, from 1956 through 1959.

Is Willie Mays related to Barry Bonds?

Mays is not related to Bonds by blood, but he is the godfather of the all-time home run leader. Mays and Bobby Bonds, Barry’s father, were close friends when the two played for the San Francisco Giants from 1968 through 1972.

When did Willie Mays retire?

Mays retired after the 1973 season, following a final World Series appearance (the New York Mets lost the Fall Classic in seven games to the Oakland A’s).

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