Baseball legend Willie Mays has sadly passed away at the age of 93

By Jurassic JennJun 22, 2024 20:34 PMSport
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Willie Mays. Source: nypost.com

Baseball legend Willie Mays, an iconic figure in the game known for his electrifying and complete playing style, passed away peacefully at the age of 93, according to an announcement by the San Francisco Giants. Fondly referred to as "The Say Hey Kid," Mays was a five-tool player who possessed exceptional hitting power, average, speed, throwing, and fielding ability. Spending the majority of his illustrious 23-season career with the New York and San Francisco Giants, Mays amassed 660 career home runs, making him second only to Babe Ruth at the time.

Beyond his impressive offensive prowess, Mays also stood out defensively, earning an astounding 12 Gold Glove awards throughout his career. With his remarkable skills, Mays left an indelible mark on the sport and inspired countless players and fans. Major League Baseball expressed their sorrow over the loss of the Hall of Famer, recognizing Mays as one of the most exciting and versatile players in the history of the game.

In recent years, Mays' career statistics received a significant update when Negro League statistics were integrated into MLB records. This led to the addition of ten hits to Mays' career total, which he humbly acknowledged, stating that it was an extraordinary feat for a 93-year-old. Reflecting on his early days, Mays reminisced about playing alongside talented individuals from the Negro American League's Birmingham Black Barons while juggling his school commitments.

Willie Mays leaves behind a legendary legacy both on and off the field, captivating fans with his exceptional skills and relentless passion for the game. His achievements transcend mere numbers, evoking awe and admiration among those who had the privilege of witnessing his dominance. As MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred aptly stated, Mays was a true Giant in every sense, forever etching his name in the annals of America's national pastime.

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