Willie Mays (1958 – Topps #5)

Born on May 6, 1931, Willie Howard Mays, Jr. (The Say-Hey Kid) spent most of his baseball career as a center fielder for the Giants in New York (1951-57) and San Francisco (1958-72), and ending his journey where he started, in New York with the Mets in 1973. (He served in the Armed Forces for most of 1952 and all of ’53, missing 266 games.) Returning from Military duty in 1954 in New York, he batted .345, won the National League MVP Award, and led the Giants to their last New York World Series win, a sweep (4-0) of the Cleveland Indians. When I think about Willie, I can recall all the power, his remarkable speed, and all the stolen bases. In that Series he made “The Catch” on a Vic Wertz fly ball to deep center field which, some think, was the ultimate in fielding plays. He hit 51 homers to lead the League in ’55, and in 1956 became the first National League member of the “30-30 club” (home runs – steals). Mays also won 12 gold gloves between New York and San Francisco and appeared in one World Series in San Francisco, losing to the New York Yankees in 7 games in 1962. He won his 2nd National League MVP Award in 1965, batting .317 and hitting a career high 52 home runs. He endeed his career with 660 home runs, third only (steroid-free) to Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Willie was inducted into baseball’s “Hall Of Fame” in 1979 (his first year of eligibility) and the “All-Century Team” in 1999. Willie Mays 1958 Topps #5

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One response to “Willie Mays (1958 – Topps #5)

  1. Your baseball card collection is super! Worth lotsa $$$$ I am sure! Remember to watch Nik Wallenda high wire walk between 2 skyscrapers today in downtown Chicago at 6PM YOUR time on Discovery Channel! 11/2/14 GREAT CARD COLLECTION! pg

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