Willie Mays turned 80 today. Aside from Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio, and Jackie Robinson; Willie Mays is beloved by many if not most baseball fans. His legacy is one that spans generations and will continue to do so in the future. Here’s a quick stat check on the Say Hey Kid:
Career batting average: .302
Career Home Runs: 660
Career OPS: .941
1951 Rookie of the Year
MVP: 1954 and 1965
Willie Mays is truly a baseball icon. His indelible mark on baseball, and American sports history is undeniable. In an era of segregation, social, and political turmoil, Willie stayed who he was. He played the part of baseball hero to millions of fans. He helped the Giants transition from New York to San Francisco. To this day, players are constantly compared to Mays, and forever will be.
Happy Birthday Willie and many more.
All statistical data from espn.go.com