Willie Mays, also known by the nickname the Say Hey Kid, is a celebrated American former professional baseball player who spent his entire Major League Baseball (MLB) career playing for the New York/San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets. He is regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
His first marriage was to Marghuerite Chapman. The couple adopted a son named Michael before their marriage ended. His second marriage was to Mae Louise Allen in 1971. The marriage lasted until Allen's death in 2013.
He is an inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame and the California Hall of Fame. In 2015, President Barack Obama honored him by giving him America's most prestigious civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In 2009, he traveled with President Barack Obama on board Air Force One to attend the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
At ten I was playing against 18-year-old guys. At 15 I was playing professional ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, so I really came very quickly in all sports.Willie Mays
Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what is most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.Willie Mays
I was very fortunate to play sports. All the anger in me went out. I had to do what I had to do. If you stay angry all the time, then you really don't have a good life.Willie Mays
In 1950, when the Giants signed me, they gave me $15,000. I bought a 1950 Mercury. I couldn't drive, but I had it in the parking lot there, and everybody that could drive would drive the car. So it was like a community thing.Willie Mays
In order to excel, you must be completely dedicated to your chosen sport. You must also be prepared to work hard and be willing to accept constructive criticism. Without one-hundred percent dedication, you won't be able to do this.Willie Mays
That's how easy baseball was for me. I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I had the knowledge before I became a professional baseball player to do all these things and know what each guy would hit.Willie Mays
When I was in Birmingham I used to go to a place called Redwood Field. I used to get there for a two o'clock game. Where can you make this kind of money playing sports? It was just a pleasure to go out and enjoy myself and get paid for it.Willie Mays
is a famous American baseball player,
who was born on
May 6, 1931. As a person born on this date, Willie Mays is listed in our database as the 13th
most popular celebrity for the day (May 6) and the 24th most popular for the year (1931).
People born on May 6
fall under the Zodiac sign of Taurus, the Bull.
Willie Mays is the 410th most popular Taurus.
Aside from information specific to Willie Mays' birthday, Willie Mays is the 2702nd most famous American.
In general, Willie Mays ranks as the 4877th
most popular famous person, and the 37th most popular baseball player of all time.
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