Willie Mays, Iconic Baseball Star Known as “Say Hey Kid,” Dies at 93


Baseball legend Willie Mays, renowned for his electrifying play and enduring charm, passed away at the age of 93, as announced jointly by his family and the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Mays’ son, Michael Mays, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love from fans, stating, “My father has peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones.”

Beginning his career with the Negro Leagues in 1948, Mays was revered for his signature catches and exuberant style on the field. His over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series remains one of baseball’s most celebrated moments.

Commissioner Rob Manfred remarked, “Willie Mays brought unparalleled brilliance from the Birmingham Black Barons to the historic Giants franchise, inspiring generations of players and fans.”

Mays, hailed for his all-around skills—hitting, fielding, and speed—amassed a remarkable career: batting .301 with 660 home runs, 3,293 hits, and 12 Gold Glove awards. He was Rookie of the Year in 1951 and won the MVP twice, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979, Mays’ influence extended beyond baseball, receiving the Medal of Freedom in 2015 for his cultural impact and athletic achievements.

Known affectionately as “The Say Hey Kid,” Mays embodied joy and sportsmanship throughout his career, influencing generations and becoming a cultural icon.

His legacy will forever resonate in the annals of baseball history, leaving behind countless memories of his greatness and unmatched love for the game.

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