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Wife Of Giants Legend Willie Mays Dies At 74

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Willie Mays speaks at a ceremony for his 80th birthday before the San Francisco Giants against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on May 6, 2011 in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Willie Mays speaks at a ceremony for his 80th birthday before the San Francisco Giants against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on May 6, 2011 in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — The wife of Hall of Famer Willie Mays, Mae Louise Allen Mays, has died. She was 74.

Mays announced his wife’s death through the San Francisco Giants on Friday. The couple had been married 41 years after they met during his playing years in New York.

The team said Mrs. Mays died in her sleep Friday morning in the couple’s Bay Area home after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mrs. Mays was born on May 26, 1938. She grew up in the racially segregated Homewood section of Pittsburgh, becoming an accomplished sprinter.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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