Greatest baseball players of all time Willie Mays Passes Away at 93
Greatest baseball players of all time Willie Mays Passes Away at 93

Willie Mays, one of baseball's greatest players, passed away at the age of 93, as confirmed by the San Francisco Giants. The San Francisco Giants announced the sad news on Tuesday, sharing that Willie Mays, a baseball legend and Hall of Famer, died peacefully at 93. The team shared their heartfelt message on social media, expressing their deep sorrow.

Major League Baseball (MLB) also released a statement, mourning the loss of Mays, calling him "one of the most exciting all-around players in the history of our sport."

Willie Mays, affectionately known as the "Say Hey Kid," had an illustrious career that included winning the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award twice and leading the Giants to a World Series victory in 1954. His spectacular over-the-shoulder catch during the 1954 World Series remains one of the most memorable moments in baseball history.

Mays was not only a remarkable player but also an enduring figure in baseball history. His son, Michael, shared that Mays passed away surrounded by family and expressed gratitude for the unwavering support from fans over the years. "My father has passed away peacefully and among loved ones. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my broken heart for the unwavering love you have shown him over the years,” he said. “You have been his life's blood."

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred praised Mays's exceptional career and his impact on the game, stating, "His incredible achievements and statistics do not begin to describe the awe that came with watching Willie Mays dominate the game in every way imaginable. We will never forget this true Giant on and off the field."

San Francisco Mayor London Breed also paid tribute, saying, "Willie Mays is the best there ever was," reflecting the sentiment of many who grew up watching him play. California Governor Gavin Newsom honored Mays for breaking barriers and inspiring millions, calling him "more than just a baseball icon."

Even though Mays had not played professional baseball for over 50 years, his legacy continued to grow. MLB recently added 10 more hits to his career total, acknowledging his time in the Negro League, bringing his record to 3,293 hits.

Mays began his professional career in 1948 while still in high school and joined the New York Giants in 1950. Despite a break to serve in the Korean War, he returned to make an indelible mark on the sport. After the Giants moved to San Francisco, Mays led them to victory in the World Series. He was traded to the New York Mets in 1972 and retired two years later.

Although Mays could not attend a game in his honor scheduled for Thursday, he sent a heartfelt message through the San Francisco Chronicle, encouraging young players to be inspired by the history of the Negro League and its players.

Willie Mays's legacy as a baseball legend and a pioneer who inspired generations will forever be remembered.

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