Willie Mays San Francisco Giants

Age: 89 (May 6, 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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Say Hey called up in honor of the occasion.

Alex Patton Alex

Wow, checked it out on baseball-reference.com, and after he stole third he was out trying to steal home (maybe on a pitch that got away from Berra? Recorded as  3-5-3-5). This was one of the years when they played two All-Star Games; in the two 1960 games Willie only went 6-for-8 with a double, a triple, and a homer. Take that, folks who beefed about Mays being no. 1 on Posnaski's list.

mike fenger mike
May 16

Another story I vaguely remember (in 1965 or so the Honolulu Advertiser serialized his ghostwritten autobiography) was that once, a pitcher had thrown at him. When the pitcher came to bat, Alvin Dark came out to the mound and told the ump he was going to bring Willie in to pitch! The ump said no. I didn't know he had been a pitcher in his youth, but with his arm, I can believe it.

Candlestick wasn't enclosed until 1971, so that was 11 years that Mays had to adjust his swing.

mike fenger mike
Apr 13

Sey hey, Joe. Nice essay about Willie today to wrap things up.

The one thing Joe Poz doesn't mention that I think he should have: Willie didn't just survive all of those seasons in Candlestick, he learned to thrive there.

Thrive might be an exaggeration, but he certainly made the most of the miserable conditions, hitting countless homers to right center.

And by now I imagine some serious baseball historian has counted them. Does anybody know?  

I'm a lazy baseball historian. All I've done just now is check the splits for 1962, Willie's third year in Candlestick; that would seem to be when he learned to take full advantage of the prevailing wind. His home slash stats that year: .330/.408/.683. He hit 28 homers and drove in 83 runs in 82 games.

I'm a little worried that LVW is going to tell me Willie hit most of those homers into the wind!

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 13