Happy 90th Birthday Willie Mays. For those of you (Judge's included) born after Clinton was president (Yes, Hillary has a husband and he was president) WIllie Mays was a baseball player for the NY and LA Giants. He was known as the "say hey kid". Someone asked us to name a baseball player greater than Mays. Hmmm... We can find a few (just a few) players who hit more home runs. We can find a few players who were better fielders and had more speed on the base paths We cannot think of anyone who had the speed, power, and fielding abilities of Mays. He was the best.
Stats: Rookie of the year in 1951; 3,283 hits; 660 Home runs; .302 batting average; 1903 RBIs; 338 stolen bases; .557 slugging percentage; MVP 1954 and 1965; 12 straight gold gloves as a center fielder; 20 all star appearances-19 in a row; 1954 his first MVP year- .345 batting average (led the majors), 41 home runs, 110 RBIs. It just doesn't get better than this.
Take a look at what is simply known as "the catch" and while no one was able to identify the DeLuna Dilemma mentioned in the prior post, tell us the batter who hit the ball Mays caught in the first game of the 1954 World Series.