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home runs and won 12 Gold Gloves, will be profiled on Wednesday, Sep. ET. The 20 year old kid with the bright, boyish smile entered the majors tentatively, like a child peeking into a forbidden room. But he soon realized that he did indeed belong, that he wasn't an interloper. There always was something fresh and pleasurable in his performance. Making a glove thumping basket catch or a whirling throw in centerfield, losing his hat running the bases or swinging from his heels at the plate, Willie Mays played with an irresistible, unrelenting exuberance.
There's hitting, hitting for power, running, fielding and throwing. The 5 foot 11, 185 pounder with the massive flat chest and bulging arms and shoulders was superb in all five categories. He was the first player to hit 300 homers and steal 300 bases (338 total). He led the National League in steals four consecutive seasons and on the bases his daring running crazed pitchers, destroying their concentration and making it easier for the hitters who followed him in the lineup. The Gold Glove came into existence in 1957 and Mays earned one each of the first 12 years. He is the only outfielder with more than 7,000 career putouts (7,095). A half dozen or so of his catches are legendary, with the Wertz catch being the most famous though it probably wasn't his best. Despite his showmanship (he intentionally wore his cap a size too small so it would fall off), he broke the game down to its simplest f.
g 7 X 3 inches, with about 22 lines to a page. The ink with which it is written is remarkable. The script is what is Adidas Gazelle Indigo Gold called majuscule in the body of the Missal, and"He was probably the best all around player when you take everything into consideration. It seemed like that Willie never made a mistake," says Sandy Koufax about Willie Mays on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series. Willie Mays, the two time MVP who hit 660 Adidas Gazelle Infant
"I can never understand how some players are always talking about baseball being hard work," Mays said during his first decade in the game. "To me, it's always been a pleasure, even when I feel sort of draggy after a doubleheader. "It's like Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella said, "You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too. "Willie had both, whether he was making a seemingly impossible catch of a Vic Wertz drive in the World Series or hitting the ball for three sewers with a broomstick when playing stickball with kids in Harlem. "When Mays is poised in the outfield or at bat he seems more eager, or anxious, than anybody else," Roy Blount Jr. wrote in Sports Illustrated. "He has the air of that kid in a pickup game who has more ability and fire than the others and wishes intensely that Adidas Gazelle Og Forest Green
Giants centerfielder (first in New York, then San Francisco) was the complete player. Baseball people like to speak of the five tools in the same way others believe in the Ten Commandments.
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