Willie Mays was born on May 6, 1931 and is still living strong today at age 77. Many people don't know that before making his basket catches for the Giants, he played in the Negro Leagues for the Chattanooga Choo Choos and Birmingham Black Barons.
After signing with Birmingham numerous teams came to the ballpark to scout Mays, one of which was Bud Maughn a scout. When Maughn referred Mays to the Braves front office, they declined to sign him.
Maughn then told the New York Giants about him, and they decided to sign him and assigned him to their Class-B Affiliate in Trenton.
After hitting .351 in Trenton he was called up to Triple-A Minneapolis Millers of the American Association. He hit .477 and was called up to the majors on Mat 25, 1951.
Mays went on to play 20 seasons for the New York/San Francisco Giants. During the 1972 season he was traded to the New York Mets. He went on to play for the Mets the rest of the season and then in 1973.
After the 1973 season at the age of 42 he retired from playing. In 1979 he was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
During his career he was a 20 time All-Star, 1954 World Series Champion, a 12 time Gold Glove award winner, a two time NL MVP, 1951 NL Rookie of the Year, 1971 Roberto Clemente Award winner and he had his No. 24 retired by the Giants.