Willie Mays

Inarguably one of the best ball-players to ever don a cap and uniform, the "Say Hey Kid's" overall ability to run, catch, throw, hit, and mash are unrivaled. All questions regarding Willie Mays' life and accomplishments, both on and off the field, should be directed here.

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What is Shaquille O'Neal's armspan?

87 inches

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Did Willie Mays tryout for the Boston Red Sox?

No. The Red Sox didn't have a black player until Pumpsie Green joined the club in 1959. Ten years earlier, the general manager of Boston's AA team in Birmingham, Alabama contacted them about Mays, who at the time was an 18-year-old phenom with the Birmingham Black Barons. Despite the rave reviews, Boston general manager Joe Cronin wasn't interested. Two years later, Mays was a New York Giants star and the National League Rookie of the Year.

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What is a 1962 giants team signed baseball worth?

1962 San Francisco Giants Team Signed BaseballA 1962 San Francisco Giants Team Signed Baseball with the key signatures: Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, McCormick, Marichal, and Perry is worth about $600.00 - $900.00

Value is based on average prices of recently closed auctions. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the baseball. Prices may also vary based on the amount of signatures, and key signatures acquired. The more complete the baseball with key signatures the more valuable.

If the signatures are not properly authenticated the baseball could sell at half the market value or less.

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How many times did Willie Mays steal home?

I do not know the exact number, but I know it was less than ten.

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How many times has Willie Mays won the World Series?

Once ... with the 1954 New York Giants.

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How would you get in touch with Willie Mays for an autograph?

Willie Mays has slowed up a little bit doing autograph shows. He does a few a year and his prices has skyrocketed to $300 for a ball and much more for jerseys etc....go into signings hotline (google it for link) and that will give you his stops along the way. Also, he does not like flash cameras taking pictures of him as his eyesight has become a challenge for him. Further, you can write a very nice letter to him c/o San Francisco Giants and he might repsond, (he did years ago) but very doubtful now, unless he you include a donation form to Say Hey Foundation.

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What high school did Willie Mays go to?

He attended Fairfield Industrial High School in Fairfield, Alabama.

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Who were some of Willie Mays teammates?

Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Bobby Thomson.

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What is the value of a baseball autographed by Mickey Mantle Willie Mays Willie McCovey Don Drysdale and Manny Mota?

This would be a considered a "hodge podge" ball by collectors, meaning there is no apparent theme or team documented by the signatures. Still a nice ball with the inclusion on Mays and Mantle. The authenticity of their signatures is the key appraisal factor. Assume the ball is worth $150-200 if their autographs are deemed genuine.

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Value of a 1934 World Series souvenir wooden baseball bat?

A 1934 World Series souvenir baseball bat is worth about $100.-$200. in excellent to near/mint condition. Some souvenir bats came with a mini pennant attached to it and with the pennant could sell as high as $300.

In a recent auction a 1934 Cardinals World Series souvenir mini baseball bat with the mini pennant sold for $225.

A 1932 New York Yankees Souvenir World Series 17 1/2" mini Bat without pennant sold for $161.
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Who made a shoestring catch of an infield fly to save a World Series?

There have probably been a myriad of plays in the world series, and shoestring catches even, but the one that you probably are thinking of was Billy Martin's shoestring catch with the bases loaded in the 1952 World Series. Martin was on the 1952 Yankees team that defeated the cross-town rival Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yanks were leading 4-2 in the seventh inning when manager Casey Stengel lifted Allie Reynolds out of the game and put in Vic Raschi, who almost immediately loaded the bases with only one out before Bob Kuzava came in to get out of the jam. The legendary Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson lifted a short pop to the right side of the infield, but Yankee first baseman Joe Collins lost the ball in the sun and it was second baseman Billy Martin who made the shoestring catch to save at least one run. The phenomenal grab not only ended the chances of a Dodger comeback, but also inevitably sealed the Series victory for the defending champions. Despite their best efforts, "the Bums from Brooklyn" lived up to their nickname, as Kuzava remained in control the rest of the way. The loss was especially devastating after winning Games 1, 3 and 5 and the 4-2 triumph enabled Stengel to match Joe McCarthy's mark of managing a club to four consecutive World Series titles. Billy "The Kid" Martin

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How many lifetime home runs did Willie Mays hit?

Willie Mays hit 660 lifetime home runs.

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Who hit the ball that Willie Mays famously caught in the 1954 World Series?

It was power-hitting first baseman Vic Wertz of the Cleveland Indians.

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What number did Willie Mays wear on the giants?

He wore No. 24.

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Is Willie Mays dead yet?

Willie Mays is alive and well, and celebrated his 86th birthday on May 6, 2017.

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Where does Willie Mays live today?

california

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What is the value of a Duke Snider baseball stamp?

To a stamp dealer, 80% of face value. To most people, it's worth the value of the postage, i.e., what you paid for them. To a Baseball collector or Duke Snider fan who knows nothing about stamps, you could probably double your money.

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What were Willie Mays' special achievements?

As of May 6, 2017, Mays is fifth on the all-time home run list with 660. He had a lifetime batting average of .302 and is one of 29 players to have 3,000 career hits.

Mays was arguably the greatest ballplayer of his generation. As an all-around ballplayer, he was superior to Mantle or Williams. He did everything well. Like Joe DiMaggio before him, Mays was an excellent fielder, a superb base runner, a great power hitter and one who retired with a lifetime batting average above .300. There have not been that many major league players who have excelled both defensively and offensively. Mays could do it all.

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Willie Mays

Where did Wee Willie Winkie run in his nightgown?

Write the nursery rhyme....through the town

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What pitcher gave up Willie Mays 500th home run?

Willie Mays hit his 500th home run on September 13, 1965 off of Don Nottebart of the Houston Astros.

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What is the value of a Mark McGwire autographed bat dated 8-14-87 with the number 39?

Mark signed probably around 500 of these bats with that exact notation. At one time 9about 4 years ago you could sell this bat for $1500 or more. But now since his record was broken and he is signing more frequently you can expect to get about $500-$750 for it.

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What year did Willie Mays Willie McCovey Jim Duffalo Don Larsen Jose Pagan Larry Jansen Felipe Alou and Ed Bailey play for the Giants?

Never. Jansen never played for San Francisco. He was with the New York Giants between 1947-1954. Don Larsen was with the Giants between 1962-1964. Jose Pagan was on the Giants in the 60s.

All of the names mentioned were with the San Francisco Giants during the 1962 and 1963 seasons. Larry Jansen was the pitching coach during these seasons. See below for details.

Of course both Willie Mays and Willie McCovey had long careers with the San Francisco Giants.

As mentioned earlier Larry Jansen was a pitching coach with the Giants from 1961 thru 1971.

Jim Duffalo was a pitcher with the Giants from 1961 until being traded to Cincinnati on 5/4/65.

Jose Pagan was a shortstop with the Giants from 1959 until being traded to Pittsburgh on 5/22/65.

Felipe Alou was an outfielder with the Giants from 1958 until being traded to Milwaukee on 12/3/63.

Ed Bailey was catcher with the Giants from 05/13/61 until 12/3/63, when he was traded to Milwaukee.

Don Larsen was a pitcher with the Giants from 1962 until 5/20/64 when he was traded to Houston.

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What are facts about Willie Mays?

One that always interested me was that, as a minor-league player in 1951, he didn't think he was "ready" to play major league baseball -- even though he was hitting .477 for his minor league team!

Obviously, he WAS ready to do so -- winning the Rookie of the Year Award that year.

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What date did Willie Mays hit his 500th home run?

September 13, 1965 off Don Nottebart of the Houston Astros at the Astrodome in Houston.

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Is Willie Mays the Godfather of Barry Bonds?

yes Bobby Bonds and Willie Mays wee teammates and close friends

when they played together on the San Francisco Giants. Willie was

named as godfather when Barry was born.

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