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Question of the Week…: Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Giants sending Willie Mays to the Mets in a trade. And the day after the 14th, it will also be 50 years since Willie’s first game in the Mets and New York. what did you do that afternoon? Answer…: At Shea Stadium, he made it home to drive in the winning run, the legends of the team he played with for 20 years.
Willie Mays has been a natural bowler. He did everything with grandeur, as if instead of requiring effort, he enjoyed flying in a vast space, moving guided by melodious ballet music. Mace was one of five in history to have the Five Skills of Playing Good Baseball…:
He made contact batting pitches with astonishing ease (he hit 3,293 hits at an average of 301); He could hit with remarkable power (he scored 660 home runs), his hands were safe on the field (he took part in 7,112 defensive throws), his hands were powerful, secure (196 assists); In addition, he ran the bases fastest and with the ease of deer (he achieved 338 steals in 441 attempts). Willie, 91, turned 6 this May, having played five weeks in the minors in 1950. But his professional career began in 1947, at the age of 16, in the Negro Leagues, with the Chattanooga Choo-Choos from Tennessee.
The following year he returned to his hometown of Westfield, Alabama, hired by the Birmingham Black Barons. And in 1950, after signing with the Giants, then from New York, they sent him to Class B, Trenton, New Jersey, and he hit 353. In 1951, he was sent to the Triple A, Minneapolis Millers, where he batted in 477. 35 games. , so in May he was promoted to the Giants. And some facts emerged that, simultaneously, are very curious…: Mays didn’t hit a single hit until his 13th at-bat in the Major Leagues, when he hit a home run. And in his first Caribbean series, in 1955, with Santuras and Caracas, Mays remained without a hit, too, for 12 innings. And his first hit was also a home run, against a pitch by Ramon Monzant, in the eleventh inning, with Roberto Clemente at base, to beat Magellan 4–2.
During his 23 years as a big leaguer, Willie Mays could not play for the final part of the 1952 season and all of 1953, as he had to go into military service.
He was promoted to the Hall of Fame in 1979.
Thank you for the life that has given me so much, even to a reader like you.
Historic house hit by Willie Maceo walks