Baseball legend Willie Mays passes away at 93

Baseball legend Willie Mays passes away at 93

Willie Mays has died. The baseball giant was 93 years old. The news was announced by the family, the death occurred in the San Francisco area.

Born in 1931 and nicknamed ‘The Say Hey Kid’, thanks to his talent, his determination and his exuberance, Mays became one of the greatest and most beloved baseball players ever. As an outfielder, the athlete played most of his career with the New York and San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball (Mlb). In 1979, his first year of eligibility, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1999, The Sporting News‍ (a newspaper considered the Bible of baseball) placed him in second place, after Babe Ruth, in the ranking of the best one hundred players of all time. His career ended with 660 home runs, third all-time at the time of his retirement. He also shares the record with Roberto Clemente of 12 Gold Glove wins.

His jersey with the number 24 was retired by the San Francisco Giants, a symbolic gesture that makes a player the greatest of the team while in 2015 then President Barack Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom (Presidential Medal of Freedom), the highest decoration in the United States.

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2024-06-19 14:37:18
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