Willie Mays Celebrity Life
Willie Mays, born on 6th May 1931, is an American professional baseball player who played in MLB as a centerfielder. During his career, he played in the teams San Francisco/New York Giants and New York Mets. In 1979, for his services, Mays was included in the baseball Hall of Fame.
Mays participated in matches of All-Star of Major League Baseball twenty-four times and twice became the MVP in the match. During his career, he made 660 home runs - the third indicator at that time and the fourth at the moment. He won the Golden Glove Award 12 times. In 1999, he took second place in the list of hundred greatest baseball players of Sporting News magazine, and later he was included in the national team of the centenary of Major League Baseball. Wille is one of 5 NL players who have knocked out over 100 RBIs for eight consecutive seasons.
The early years
Mays was born in 1931 on May 6th in Westfield, Alabama. His father, named after US President William Howard Taft, advocated the Negro baseball team of the local steel mill. Mays’s mother, Annie Satterwright, was involved in basketball and athletics at school. However, his parents were not officially married. As a child, Mays often remained in the care of his aunts, Ernestine and Sarah. From an early age, his father began to attract his son to baseball and at the age of 5, Willie played with his father in the yard.
While studying at the Fairfield Industrial School, Mays participated in many sports, gaining an average of 17 points in basketball, knocking an antler further than 40 yards in American football, and also playing as a quarterback.
Mace's professional career began in the year 1947. While still studying in high school, in the summer, he began to play for the Chattanooga Chu Chus club from Tennessee. However, he soon left the team and moved back to his home state, where he began to play for the Birmingham Black Barons from the Negro American League.
Thanks to him, the Barons were able to become league champions and take part in the Negro League World Series of 1948, in which they lost to Homestead Grace with a score of 4: 1. In the season, Mays had an average sales of 26.2% of ratings and he showed an excellent defensive and baseball game.
Over the ensuing few years, scouts from several MLB clubs sent their scouts to observe Mays play. The one to discover Willie the very first was the Boston Braves Bad Mogh, who had been watching him for a year and then told his management about it.
The Braves offered the Barons for the young player $7,500 in cash and then another $7,500 over the next 30 days, as well as $6,000 for Willie himself. However, the owner of the Barons, Tom Hayes did not want to give up his player, believing that he would help his team spend a good season.
In addition to the Braves, Mays became interested in the Brooklyn Dodgers scouts, who sent a representative to close the deal. However, the contract with Willie was concluded by New York Giants"Mace who signed him for USD$4,000 and sent him to his farm club level B in Trenton (NJ).
After a season average of 35.3, Mays kicked the ball in his first season at Trenton, and he started the 1951 season at the AAA Minneapolis Millers Club of the AA. The Millers, where he performed with two more future members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ray Dandridge, and Hoyt Wilhelm
New York Giants (1951-1957)
Mays’s career in the Premier League did not start very well - in the first 12 battings, he did not beat a single hit. However, already 13 times he knocked out a home run after filing a future member of the Warren Span Hall of Fame. Over the course of the season, Mays began to improve his performance little by little and finished the regular season with an average hit rate of 27.4%, 68 RBI and 20 home runs and won the Rookie of the Year award.
After a successful season in Major League Baseball, Mays became a celebrity in Harlem. He often played urban baseball with his children, and it was claimed that Mays could knock out a rubber ball 300 feet away from the broomstick.
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