Willie Mays: ‘The Say Hey Kid’

Willie Mays Statue
Willie Mays Statue
26 Apr 2001: A view of the Willie Mays Statue taken during the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco, California. The Reds defeated the Giants 7-5.Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport
This file photo shows John F. Kennedy, Jr. (L) wit
This file photo shows John F. Kennedy, Jr. (L) wit
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 3: This file photo shows John F. Kennedy, Jr. (L) with Mets baseball player Willie Mays at Shea Stadium in New York 03 June, 1972. Kennedy, his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette are missing after the airplane they were in failed to arrive 16 July at Martha's Vineyard. (Photo credit should read JERRY SISKIND/AFP/Getty Images)
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This 16 December 1992 file photo shows San Francis
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 16: This 16 December 1992 file photo shows San Francisco Giants baseball greats Willie Mays (L), Bobby Bonds (C) and Bonds' son Barry Bonds holding up the No. 25 jersey that Barry was to wear as a San Francisco Giant. According to reports, Bobby Bonds died 23 August 2003 of lung cancer at age 57. (Photo credit should read DENIS POROY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Robinson Memorial
Robinson Memorial
7 Jun 1997: (Left to right) Vida Blue, Willie Mays, Dusty Baker, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds stand next to a #42 sign in memory of Jackie Robinson prior to the Atlanta Braves 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at 3Com Park in San Francisco, California.
Hall of famer Mays speaks
Hall of famer Mays speaks
SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 5: Former Giant and hall of famer Willie Mays speaks during a ceremony after the San Francisco Giants' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers where Barry Bonds #25 of the Giants was honored for breaking the single season home run record on October 5, 2001 at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco, California. The Dodgers won 11-10. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Braves V Giants
Braves V Giants
7 Jun 1997: Willie Mays (l) speaks with Hank Aaron during a game between the San Francisco Giants and the Atlanta Braves at 3Com Park in San Francisco, California. The Braves won the game 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport
Willie Mays
Willie Mays
Jul 1983: Former San Francisco Giants player Willie Mays attends the All-Star Game at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. Mandatory Credit: Allsport /Allsport
Oly Torch Relay X Mays
Oly Torch Relay X Mays
19 Jan 2002: Torchbearer Willie Mays carries the Olympic Flame during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Torch Relay in San Francisco, California. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw//Pool/Getty Images
Giants v Padres
Giants v Padres
SAN DIEGO - APRIL 8: Willie Mays answers questions from the media before the San Diego Padres take on the San Francisco Giants on April 8, 2004 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Dodgers v Giants
Dodgers v Giants
SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 16: Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants poses with his godfather Willie Mays before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 16, 2004 at SBC Park in San Francsico, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Premiere of Touchstone Pictures' "Mr. 3000" - Arrivals
Premiere of Touchstone Pictures' "Mr. 3000" - Arrivals
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 8: Actor Bernie Mac (L) and former MLB Hall of Famer Willie Mays attend the premiere of Touchstone Pictures' "Mr. 3000" at the El Capitan Theatre on September 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Premiere of Touchstone Pictures' "Mr. 3000" - Arrivals
Premiere of Touchstone Pictures' "Mr. 3000" - Arrivals
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 8: Former MLB Hall of Famer Willie Mays (L) and former MLB player Jose Canseco pose at the premiere of Touchstone Pictures' "Mr. 3000" at the El Capitan Theatre on September 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Rockies v Giants
SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 2: A statue of baseball legend Willie Mays stands in Willie Mays plaza before the game between the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants on September 2, 2004 at SBC Park in San Francisco, California. The Rockies won 6-5. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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New York and San Francisco Giants Baseball Hall of
New York and San Francisco Giants Baseball Hall of
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: New York and San Francisco Giants Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays touches stands next to his statue its dedication by the San Francisco Giants at 24 Willie Mays Plaza in front of the Giants New home Pacific Bell Park 31 March, 2000, in San Francisco, California. AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
New York and San Francisco Giants great and Baseba
New York and San Francisco Giants great and Baseba
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: New York and San Francisco Giants great and Baseball Hall of Famer, Willie Mays (2nd R) shares a laugh with (L-R) San Francisco Supervisor Michael Yaki, comedian Bill Cosby and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and his wife Mae after he was presented with a street sign with his uniform number and name in front of the Giants' new home at Pacific Bell Park, 31 March 2000, in San Francisco, California. The Giants dedicated a statue and 24 Willie Mays Plaza to Mays. AFP PHOTO John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays (C)
San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays (C)
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays (C) releases the first pitch of the Giants Home Opener against the Chicago Cubs as Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey (R) and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown look on as they wait their turn to throw 12 April in San Francisco. The Giants first pitch of the Opener was called the "Three Willie's." The Giants defeated the Cubs, 4-1. AFP PHOTOS John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays (L)
San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays (L)
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays (L) shows San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown (R) how to hold a baseball for pitching before they are to throw out the first pitch with Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey at the Giants Home Opener 12 April in San Francisco as Giants Executive Vice-President Larry Baer (C) looks on. The Giants first pitch of the Opener was called the "Three Willie's." The Giants defeated the Cubs, 4-1. AFP PHOTOS John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants' Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays (R
San Francisco Giants' Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays (R
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: San Francisco Giants' Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays (R) acknowleges the crowd as Giants future Hall-of-Famer Orlando Cepeda applauds during the Giants 1960's all-time reunion before the Brewers-Giants game 09 May 1999 in San Francisco. AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays (C) throws
San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays (C) throws
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays (C) throws out the last pitch at 3Com Park at Candlestick Point as former and current Giant players watch 30 September, 1999, in San Francisco. The Giants will move into their new stadium next spring. AFP PHOTO/Monica M. DAVEY (Photo credit should read MONICA M. DAVEY/AFP/Getty Images)
Baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays (L) and Hank A
Baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays (L) and Hank A
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Baseball Hall of Famers Willie Mays (L) and Hank Aaron (R) pose with a shy Joshua Bence, 3, and Randy Bence before a book signing for the "All Century Team" at Barnes & Noble in New York 26 October 1999. Both Mays and Aaron were selected to the 30-member All Century Team through a fan ballot. AFP PHOTO/Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds (L) laughs with godfather and Giants legend Willie Mays as Mays was introduced during the Giants Opening Day against the San Diego Padres 05 April 2002 in San Francisco, California. Bonds is the homerun season record holder for 73 homeruns. AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds (L) laugh
SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES: San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds (L) laughs with godfather and Giants legend Willie Mays as Mays was introduced during the Giants Opening Day against the San Diego Padres 05 April 2002 in San Francisco, California. Bonds is the homerun season record holder for 73 homeruns. AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds (L) laughs with godfather and Giants legend Willie Mays as Mays was introduced during the Giants Opening Day against the San Diego Padres 05 April 2002 in San Francisco, California. Bonds is the homerun season record holder for 73 homeruns. AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants legend and Hall-of-Famer Will
San Francisco Giants legend and Hall-of-Famer Will
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 6: San Francisco Giants legend and Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays (L) shares stories about Barry Bonds during a post-game ceremony to mark his record single season homerun of 71 on 05 October, 2001 in San Francisco. Bonds was joined by his teammates and family during the ceremony. He had two homeruns in the game for 72 total. AFP PHOTO-D. Ross CAMERON (Photo credit should read D. ROSS CAMERON/AFP/Getty Images)
San Francisco Chosen For 2007 MLB All Star Game
San Francisco Chosen For 2007 MLB All Star Game
SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 9: Willie Mays speaks at a press conference to announce the site of the 2007 MLB All-Star Game at SBC Park on February 9, 2005 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
San Francisco Chosen For 2007 MLB All Star Game
San Francisco Chosen For 2007 MLB All Star Game
SAN FRANCISCO - FEBRUARY 9: Willie Mays, the Giants General Managing Partner Peter Magowan, Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Seilig and Mayor Gavin Newsom pose for pictures to announce the site of the 2007 MLB All-Star Game at SBC Park on February 9, 2005 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 12: Willie Mays leaves the field after his 75th birthday celebration which was held before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on May 12, 2006 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 12: Willie Mays enjoys his 75th birthday celebration among Barry Bonds #25 (R) of the San Francisco Giants and others before the Giants game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on May 12, 2006 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 12: Willie Mays celebrates his 75th birthday with fans and friends before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on May 12, 2006 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
President And Mrs. Bush Attend White House Tee Ball Game
President And Mrs. Bush Attend White House Tee Ball Game
WASHINGTON - JULY 30: Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays stands at the podium in the Brady Press Briefing Room before attending a tee ball game with President George W. Bush at the White House July 30, 2006 in Washington, DC. The White House Tee Ball Game is held on the South Lawn and teams from across the country are invited to play. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President And Mrs. Bush Attend White House Tee Ball Game
President And Mrs. Bush Attend White House Tee Ball Game
WASHINGTON - JULY 30: Baseball Hall of Fame member Willie Mays and US President George W. Bush while watch "Tee Ball on the South Lawn" at the White House July 30, 2006 in Washington, DC. The game featured teams from Little League's Challenger Division, which is organized for mentally and physically disabled children. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President And Mrs. Bush Attend White House Tee Ball Game
President And Mrs. Bush Attend White House Tee Ball Game
WASHINGTON - JULY 30: (L-R) First lady Laura Bush, Baseball Hall of Fame member Willie Mays and US President George W. Bush watch "Tee Ball on the South Lawn" at the White House July 30, 2006 in Washington, DC. The game featured teams from Little League's Challenger Division, which is organized for mentally and physically disabled children. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Marlins V Giants
Marlins V Giants
28 Apr 1996: Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson, and Barry Bonds (left to right) pose during a game between the Florida Marlins and the San Francisco Giants at 3Com Park in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game, 10-4. Mandatory Credit:
2007 All-Star Week Press Conference
2007 All-Star Week Press Conference
SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 18: (R-L) Former San Francisco Giants Willie Mays, Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom, Giants pitcher Barry Zito and Giants President Peter Magowan pose for pictures at a press conference for the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at AT&T Park on April 18, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
2007 MLB All-Star Game
2007 MLB All-Star Game
SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 10: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants throws out baseballs after being honored prior to the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at AT&T Park on July 10, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
2007 MLB All-Star Game
2007 MLB All-Star Game
SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 10: Hall of Famer, Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants is honored prior to the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at AT&T Park on July 10, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
2007 MLB All-Star Game
2007 MLB All-Star Game
SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 10: Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays #24 of the San Francisco Giants throws out baseballs after being honored prior to the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at AT&T Park on July 10, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (L) waves from
US President Barack Obama (L) waves from
US President Barack Obama (L) waves from the steps of Air Force One while escorting Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays (R) to the All-Star game on July 14, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
IN FLIGHT - JULY 14: In this photo provided by The White House, President Barack Obama (L) talks with baseball great Willie Mays aboard Air Force One en route to the MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)
2009 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
2009 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 26: Hall of Famer Willie Mays makes his way to the stage at Clark Sports Center during the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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New York Mets v San Francisco Giants, Game 2
SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 5: Willie Mays statue is shown before Game Two of the 2000 NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets at Pacific Bell Park on October 5, 2000 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
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2004 National Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend -  Induction Ceremonies - July 25, 2004
2004 National Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend - Induction Ceremonies - July 25, 2004
Willie Mays greets fans at 2004 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies July 25, 2004 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
2004 National Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend -  Induction Ceremonies - July 25, 2004
2004 National Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend - Induction Ceremonies - July 25, 2004
Willie Mays watches 2004 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies July 25, 2004 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Hank Aaron Home & Museum Opening
Hank Aaron Home & Museum Opening
MOBILE, AL - APRIL 14: Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays tips his cap during pre-game ceremonies following the opening of the Hank Aaron Museum at the Hank Aaron Stadium on April 14, 2010 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds
CINCINNATI - MAY 15: Willie Mays and Billie Jean King are pictured before being presented with their Beacon Awards before the Gillette Civil Rights Game between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on May 15, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 25: Baseball icon Willie Mays talks with Hall of famer Robin Yount during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 25, 20010 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
25th Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Buoniconti Fund - Inside
25th Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Buoniconti Fund - Inside
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: MLB Hall of Famer and Sports Legend Honoree Willie Mays and former NBA player Bill Russell with Marc Buoniconti at the 25th Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis)
25th Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Buoniconti Fund - Inside
25th Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Buoniconti Fund - Inside
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Nick Buoniconti, Founder of the Miami Project and the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, and Honorees Willie Mays and Bill Russell attend the 25th Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis)
25th Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Buoniconti Fund - Inside
25th Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Buoniconti Fund - Inside
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Former professional NBA player Rick Barry and MLB Hall of Famer and Sports Legend Honoree Willie Mays attend the 25th Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis)
25th Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Buoniconti Fund - Inside
25th Great Sports Legends Dinner To Benefit The Buoniconti Fund - Inside
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: United States Senator from Florida Bill Nelson (L) and MLB Hall of Famer and Sports Legend Honoree Willie Mays attend the 25th Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis at The Waldorf=Astoria on September 27, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis)
Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2
Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2
SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28: A statue of baseball legend Willie Mays in Willie Mays Plaza during Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants Victory Parade
San Francisco Giants Victory Parade
SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 03: Willie Mays waves to the crowd during the San Francisco Giants victory parade on November 3, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Chicago Bulls v Memphis Grizzlies
Chicago Bulls v Memphis Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, TN - JANUARY 17: Willie Mays, MLB Hall of famer, Willis Reed, NBA Hall of famer, and Lenny Wilkens, NBA Hall of famer, speaks at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Sports Legacy Symposium before a game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls on January 17, 2011 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Willie Mays And The World Series Trophy Visit New York City
Willie Mays And The World Series Trophy Visit New York City
NEW YORK - JANURARY 21: Sitting in front of a picture of himself playing stickball on the streets of Harlem, Willie Mays is interviewed at PS 46, next to the site of the former Polo Grounds, where the new York Giants played before moving to San Francisco in 1958, on Jan. 21, 2011 in New York City. The Giants hadn't won the World Series since 1954. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
Willie Mays And The World Series Trophy Visit New York City
Willie Mays And The World Series Trophy Visit New York City
NEW YORK - JANURARY 21: Willie Mays, center, talks with students at PS 46 in Harlem, next to the site of the former Polo Grounds, where the new York Giants played before moving to San Francisco in 1958, on Jan. 21, 2011 in New York City. The Giants hadn't won the World Series since 1954. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
Willie Mays And The World Series Trophy Visit New York City
Willie Mays And The World Series Trophy Visit New York City
NEW YORK - JANURARY 21: Willie Mays visits PS 46 in Harlem, next to the site of the former Polo Grounds, where the new York Giants played before moving to San Francisco in 1958, on Jan. 21, 2011 in New York City. The Giants hadn't won the World Series since 1954. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 06: Willie Mays rides in on a cart for a ceremony for his 80th birthday before the San Francisco Giants game against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on May 6, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 06: Willie Mays (right) smiles with former negro league teammate Bill Greason at a ceremony for Mays' 80th birthday before the San Francisco Giants against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on May 6, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Obama Welcomes MLB World Champion San Francisco Giants To White House
Obama Welcomes MLB World Champion San Francisco Giants To White House
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 25: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) receives a jersey from Hall of Fame player Willie Mays (L) and San Francisco Giants General Manager Brian Sabean (R) during an event with the World Series champions in the East Room of the White House July 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series, giving the franchise their first World Series championship since 1954, and the first since relocating to San Francisco in 1958. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Pirates v San Francisco Giants
Pittsburgh Pirates v San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 13: Former San Francisco Giants Willie Mays speaks to Angel Pagan #16 of the San Francisco Giants during a pregame ceremony before their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park on April 13, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Willie Mays & Jon Miller
Willie Mays & Jon Miller
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 06: Willie Mays waves to the crowd after he is given a birthday cake from San Francisco Giants announcer Jon Miller for Mays' 81st birthday at AT&T Park on May 6, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
World Series - Detroit Tigers v San Francisco Giants - Game 2
World Series - Detroit Tigers v San Francisco Giants - Game 2
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays and Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants look on prior to the Giants playing against the Detroit Tigers during Game Two of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 25, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
San Francisco Giants Victory Parade
San Francisco Giants Victory Parade
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 31: Willie Mays, former San Francisco Giants great, waves to the crowd along the parade route during the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade on October 31, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers to win the 2012 World Series. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants
St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 06: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants talks to Willie Mays during a ceremony honoring Posey for winning the 2012 National League MVP before the Giants game against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on April 6, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
World Series - Detroit Tigers v San Francisco Giants - Game 1
World Series - Detroit Tigers v San Francisco Giants - Game 1
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: MLB Hall of Famer Willie Mays on the field before Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants
St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 07: San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays tried on his 2012 Championship Ring that he was given during a pregame ceremony honoring the 2012 World Series champions before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on April 7, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Willie Mays Statue
Willie Mays Statue
SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28: A statue of baseball legend Willie Mays in Willie Mays Plaza before Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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