The Say Hey Kid is one of the most legendary players in the game, not just the Giants organization. A first ballot Hall of Famer, inducted in 1979, many people argue Mays is the best player in San Francisco Giants history.
"The Catch" (pictured left) occurred in the 1954 World Series when Mays was playing for the New York Giants. It was the final World Series the Giants organization would win in the 20th century. (They would have to wait until 2010 to get their first title in San Francisco.) I think it’s fair to say Willie Mays made the transition to San Francisco in 1958 quite smoothly.
In his 2,857 games in San Francisco—which is the most of any Giant—Mays leads the team in career home runs, runs scored, hits, total bases,and doubles, among many other statistics. The 24 time all-star is currently fourth on the list of career home runs with 660 big flys. He was also a 12-time Gold Glove Award winner, two-time NL MVP and member of the 3,000-hit club (3,283 hits to be precise).
The Giants retired No. 24 in his honor, a gesture well earned.