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Willie Mays

MLB Legend Willie Mays

Profession: MLB Legend

United States of America

Biography: Spent the majority of his MLB career as a center fielder with the New York and San Francisco Giants. He won two MVP awards and played in 24 All-Star Games. Growing opinion states that he was possibly the greatest all-around baseball player of all-time.

Born: May 6, 1931
Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama, USA
Age: 91 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Taurus

Married Life

  • 1956-02-14 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York
  • 1971-11-27 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (40) weds Mae Louise Allen in Mexico City

Historical Events

  • 1951-05-25 NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)
  • 1951-05-28 After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run
  • 1953-05-13 NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple
  • 1954-09-14 Giants' Willie Mays gets 82nd extra-base hit, breaks Mel Ott's record
  • 1954-09-29 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive during Game One of the World Series
  • 1955-09-18 Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock)
  • 1955-09-20 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH
  • 1955-09-20 Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRs in a season
  • 1957-06-28 Frick overrules and names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, & Hank Aaron to team
  • 1961-04-30 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes just the 9th player in MLB history to hit 4 homers in one game in the Giants 14-4 win against the Braves in Milwaukee
  • 1961-06-29 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes the 4th player in MLB history with 3 or more home runs twice in one season with a 10th inning blast in Giants 8-7 win over the Phillies in Philadelphia
  • 1962-10-04 Willie Mays scores in the 2nd inning for the Giants ending Whitey Ford's record Baseball World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak at ​33 2⁄3; Yankees beat Giants, 6-2 in Game 1 and 4-3 in the series
  • 1963-02-20 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays becomes the highest-paid player in MLB, signing a record $100,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants
  • 1963-07-02 SF Giants legend Willie Mays breaks up classic Juan Marichal vs Warren Spahn pitching dual, homering in 16th inning off Spahn for 1-0 win vs Milwaukee Braves
  • 1963-07-09 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants)
  • 1964-01-15 San Francisco Giants make champion outfielder Willie Mays the highest-paid player in baseball when they sign him to a new $105,000 per season contract
  • 1965-05-04 Willie Mays 512th HR breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record
  • 1965-08-29 Willie Mays sets NL record for HRs in a month with his 17th of August
  • 1965-09-13 Willie Mays's 500th HR (off Don Nottebart), Giants 11th straight win
  • 1965-11-09 Willie Mays named NL MVP
  • 1966-02-11 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year
  • 1966-05-05 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR
  • 1966-08-17 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list
  • 1968-07-09 39th MLB All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: NL beats AL, 1-0; MVP: Willie Mays, SF Giants, CF
  • 1969-09-22 SF Giant Willie Mays, becomes second player to hit 600 home runs
  • 1970-01-17 Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s
  • 1970-07-18 Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits
  • 1971-05-30 Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored
  • 1971-06-06 Willie Mays hits record 22nd (& last) extra inning HR
  • 1972-05-11 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash
  • 1972-05-14 In Willie Mays' 1st game as New York Met, his homer beats San Francisco Giants, 5-4 (his former team of over 20 years), at Shea Stadium, New York
  • 1972-06-10 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)
  • 1973-07-19 NY Mets future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays is named to NL All Star team for 24th time (ties Stan Musial)
  • 1973-08-17 Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)
  • 1973-09-20 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season
  • 1973-09-25 New York Mets beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 on 'Willie Mays Night' at Shea Stadium, NYC
  • 1973-10-14 42 year old future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays' last MLB career hit, as NY Mets beat A's, 10-7 in World Series Game 2 in Oakland
  • 1979-01-23 NY/SF Giants / New York Mets center fielder Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1979-08-05 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, and Hack Wilson inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY
  • 1985-03-18 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle
  • 1989-08-20 Howard Johnson joins Barry Bonds & Willie Mays hitting 30 HRs & steal 30 bases
  • 1990-09-22 Andre Dawson steals his 300th base & is only player other than Willie Mays to have 300 HRs, 300 steals & 2,000 hits
  • 1992-09-19 Barry Bonds joins Willie Mays, Howard Johnson & Ron Gant as having (2) 30-HR/30-steal MLB seasons

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