Willie Mays San Francisco Giants

Age: 89 (May 06, 1931) | aka Say Hey | 5' 11" | 180lbs. | Bats: Right
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
NY1 NL 1951 121 464 59 127 57 60 22 5 20 68 7 4 .274 .356 .472 11 11 .279 n/a
NY1 NL 1952 34 127 17 30 16 17 2 4 4 23 4 1 .236 .326 .409 11 12 .245 n/a
NY1 NL 1954 151 565 119 195 66 57 33 13 41 110 8 5 .345 .411 .667 10 9 .325 n/a
NY1 NL 1955 152 580 123 185 79 60 18 13 51 127 24 4 .319 .400 .659 12 9 .282 n/a
NY1 NL 1956 152 578 101 171 68 65 27 8 36 84 40 10 .296 .369 .557 10 10 .281 n/a
NY1 NL 1957 152 585 112 195 76 62 26 20 35 97 38 19 .333 .407 .626 11 9 .324 n/a
SF NL 1958 152 600 121 208 78 56 33 11 29 96 31 6 .347 .419 .583 11 8 .344 n/a
SF NL 1959 151 575 125 180 65 58 43 5 34 104 27 4 .313 .381 .583 10 9 .299 n/a
SF NL 1960 153 595 107 190 61 70 29 12 29 103 25 10 .319 .381 .555 9 10 .319 n/a
SF NL 1961 154 572 129 176 81 77 32 3 40 123 18 9 .308 .393 .584 12 12 .296 n/a
SF NL 1962 162 621 130 189 78 85 36 5 49 141 18 2 .304 .384 .615 11 12 .286 n/a
SF NL 1963 157 596 115 187 66 83 32 7 38 103 8 3 .314 .380 .582 10 12 .309 n/a
SF NL 1964 157 578 121 171 82 72 21 9 47 111 19 5 .296 .383 .607 12 11 .268 n/a
SF NL 1965 157 558 118 177 76 71 21 3 52 112 9 4 .317 .398 .645 12 11 .286 n/a
SF NL 1966 152 552 99 159 70 81 29 4 37 103 5 1 .288 .368 .556 11 13 .279 n/a
SF NL 1967 141 486 83 128 51 92 22 2 22 70 6 0 .263 .334 .453 9 17 .283 n/a
SF NL 1968 148 498 84 144 67 81 20 5 23 79 12 6 .289 .372 .488 12 14 .302 n/a
SF NL 1969 117 403 64 114 49 71 17 3 13 58 6 2 .283 .362 .437 11 15 .313 n/a
SF NL 1970 139 478 94 139 79 90 15 2 28 83 5 0 .291 .390 .506 14 16 .303 n/a
SF NL 1971 136 417 82 113 112 123 24 5 18 61 23 3 .271 .425 .482 21 23 .339 n/a
SF NL 1972 19 49 8 9 17 5 2 0 0 3 3 0 .184 .394 .224 25 8 .205 n/a
NYN NL 1972 69 195 27 52 43 43 9 1 8 19 1 5 .267 .402 .446 18 18 .306 n/a
NYN NL 1973 66 209 24 44 27 47 10 0 6 25 1 0 .211 .303 .344 11 20 .242 n/a
Career 22yrs 2992 10881 2062 3283 1464 1526 523 140 660 1903 338 103 .302 .384 .557 12 12 .299 n/a
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Writing a comment in the Norm Cash thread, I was surprised to find that the ERA and SA in the American League in 1961 were only slightly higher than the year before. So I checked out the NL in 1962, when the Senior Circuit followed the upstart American League into the uncharted waters of expansion.

The numbers for the National League as a whole:

1961: ERA 4.03, SA .405

1962: ERA 3.94, SA .393

Quite amazingly, there was less hitting in the NL expansion year.

Which of course makes Willie's great 1962 season even better. Yes, he played in eight more games, but in those eight games he seems to have hit nine homers and knocked in almost 20 runs.

He led the league in homers, the Giants won the pennant, and Maury Wills, who had 72 more steals than the runner-up in that department, was voted the MVP.

They must've had Rotisserie baseball back then.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 22 '08