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Willie Mays

Over 41 thousand enthusiastic fans attend almost every Giants game at AT&T Park, equalling the best average in the entire league, according to ESPN.com. Standing in front of the entrance to the state-of-the-art park is a statue of a man named Willie Mays.

A quick on-campus survey revealed that most knew of Willie Mays’s existence, but knew very little about the baseball great. So who is Willie Mays?

Willie Mays was a star player on the 1951 New York Giants baseball team. He is one of the very few baseball players that has achieved over 3,000 hits in a career and has won a total of 12 Golden Glove Awards.

Willie Mays was born in May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama, when baseball was still segregated, his father was a talented baseball player in the local Negro team which inspired him to play baseball. He started playing in the Negro baseball league with the Birmingham Black Barons. The Black Barons, being led by Willie Mays, were able to make it to the Negro American League World Series where they lost the seven games series 4-1.

Major League coaches were astonished by the amazing talent the young man had. Coaches from Boston, Brooklyn, and New York scouted him hoping to make a deal with Willie. The New York Giants became the team for him and started his season in the minor league. He later graduated to the major league team where he was able to win the Rookie of the Year Award and play in the World Series that same year.

Then in 1958, the Giants moved to San Francisco. Willie Mays had many highlights with the San Francisco Giants: he won two MVP Awards, and played in his third World Series game. The Giants were never able to win the title, but were always playoff contenders. The next stop in his baseball career was with the New York Mets where he retired in 1973.

This Hall of Famer is arguably the best, most well rounded baseball player ever. Willie had great catching skills as a centerfielder, and was a big threat on the plate. He attended the Giants World Series parade in 2012 and will always be a proud Giant. So the next time you go to a Giants game, take a closer look at the statue of Willie Mays and remember him for the accomplishments he did for the Giants baseball club.

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