Willie Mays' Baseball Career

  • Willie Mays greets fellow teammates from the San Francisco Giants 1962 World Series team before a Giants-Yankees game in 2007.
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    Willie Mays greets fellow teammates from the San Francisco Giants 1962 World Series team before a Giants-Yankees game in 2007.
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  • Before his rookie season in New York 1951, the man who would eventually hit 660 career home runs posed with weapon in hand.
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    Before his rookie season in New York 1951, the man who would eventually hit 660 career home runs posed with weapon in hand.
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  • Mays chases down a 450-foot blast from the bat of Cleveland Indians first baseman Vic Wertz in the eighth inning of the World Series opener on Sept. 29, 1954. It's a play forever known as "The Catch."
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    Mays chases down a 450-foot blast from the bat of Cleveland Indians first baseman Vic Wertz in the eighth inning of the World Series opener on Sept. 29, 1954. It's a play forever known as "The Catch."
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  • Mays reaches out with his bare hand to snag a ball hit by Ron Swoboda of the New York Mets in a 1965 game.
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    Mays reaches out with his bare hand to snag a ball hit by Ron Swoboda of the New York Mets in a 1965 game.
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  • A rare combination of speed and power set Mays apart. Here he slides into third base against the Philadelphia Phillies as infielder Don Demeter awaits the ball.
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    A rare combination of speed and power set Mays apart. Here he slides into third base against the Philadelphia Phillies as infielder Don Demeter awaits the ball.
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  • Mays shows off his retired jersey No. 24 at a 1986 news conference to announce his return to the San Francisco Giants as special assistant to the club's president.
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    Mays shows off his retired jersey No. 24 at a 1986 news conference to announce his return to the San Francisco Giants as special assistant to the club's president.
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