San Francisco Giants: Say Hey Kid Celebrates His 80th Birthday

Zack FarmerCorrespondent IMay 6, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Former Giants star Willie Mays throws out the first pitch before Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park on October 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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He is quite possibly the greatest baseball player of all-time. There isn't anything Willie Mays has not done in baseball.

Let's go over the quick brief of numbers:

24 All-Star Game appearances

660 home runs

1903 RBIs

3283 hits

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.

1954 World Series champion

Like I said, the man has done it all. But how did he get to the stature he has today?

In honor of his 80th birthday, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will be airing the third edition of their series, Legends, in honor of the Say Hey Kid himself.

Legends: Willie Mays will air on Sunday, May 8 after Giants Postgame Live and clips from the show are available on

There will be interviews cataloging the life and career of the greatest centerfielder of all-time. Among those interviewed are Jon Miller, Felipe Alou, Hank Aaron, Tommy Lasorda and many more.

Everybody has their memories of Willie Mays, even if you never got to see him play.

The memories could be your dad telling you how graceful Mays was to a flyball. It could be the old reels of Mays making "The Catch" and throwing the ball back into the infield during the 1954 World Series.

The memory might be Mays talking to you or signing a baseball for you at a Giants game or at spring training.

He has continued to be around the Giants franchise since he retired in 1972.

Being a big baseball fan myself, Mays resembles everything you want out of a baseball player.

He had power, speed, could hit for average, caught everything that flew into centerfield and did it for 22 seasons.

This is a chance to relive the career of Mays and, for those who never saw him, to see and hear what made him so great.

What are your memories of the Say Hey Kid?


Zack Farmer is a freelance reporter who has written for, the San Francisco Examiner, and Bay Area News Group.

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