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    Default Happy Birthday to the Greatest Living . . .

    . . .baseball player, William Howard Mays, born May 6, 1931.



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


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    It's hard to imagine that 23 baseball writers did not vote for him.

    http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hi.../year/1979.htm

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtzaga View Post
    It's hard to imagine that 23 baseball writers did not vote for him.

    http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hi.../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.

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    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.


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