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RenoZag
05-06-2007, 09:11 AM
. . .baseball player, William Howard Mays, born May 6, 1931.

http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/images/Mays_Willie_3.jpg

Who knows how many round trippers he would have hit if he hadn't played in the wind tunnel called Candlestick ?

mtzaga
05-06-2007, 09:18 AM
It's hard to imagine that 23 baseball writers did not vote for him.

http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/hof_voting/year/1979.htm

TexasZagFan
05-06-2007, 01:26 PM
You beat me to the punch, RZ! Willie Mays was my first sports hero, and it was always a thrill to watch him at Candlestick.

For my 10th birthday, I got a Giants uniform with "24" on the back, which I'd wear to the several games I attended that year. On Halloween, I smudged my face and hands with burnt cork and went trick or treating as the Say Hey Kid.

Happy Birthday, Willie! Thanks for all the memories.

TexasZagFan
05-06-2007, 01:32 PM
It's hard to imagine that 23 baseball writers did not vote for him.

http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/history/hof_voting/year/1979.htm

HOF voting in all sports needs some sunshine on their voting processes. Looking at that list, I'm amazed at the number of players that received votes. Quite a few had what would be considered "nice" or "decent" careers, but worthy of the HOF?

No player has yet to enter the HOF with 100% of the vote. Still, I would like to talk to those 23 writers that passed on Willie in 1979.

RenoZag
05-06-2007, 04:37 PM
A number of years ago, I bought a 1957 Topps Willie Mays. . .I wanted one significant souvenir from the year of my birth and figured I would never be able to afford a '57 Chevy. The card hangs above my PC at work.

Mays was one the best "5 tool" players:

Hit for average
Hit for power
Great defense
Great arm
Great speed on the bases.

A 24 time All-Star.