Happy Birthday (90) Willie!!!

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  1. Robert H.

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    I see vintage baseball cards like those and I can still smell the bubble gum :)
     
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    One of the greatest!
    Say hey!
     
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    Great ballplayer! (Almost goes without saying.)

    Except for the top middle card, are all the other cards Topps?

    We got the Topps cards from the 10-cent store every year. The gum was nasty. The cards were what you were buying.
     
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    Got to see him on the field for a couple of cool occasions, a ceremony for Bonds going 400/400 (HR/SB), and the last game played at Candlestick.

    I love that he had a sense of showmanship--in a time where that was considered 'undignified' or whatever--with the half-size too-small caps and the basket catch, but that was just icing on the cake. The guy was 100% athlete and it pains me to think how many big knocks he'd have if he didn't have to pull into that South San Francisco wind.

    His most famous play is still a thing of beauty, 483ft to dead center:

     
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    And remember kids, stay away from blasting caps!

     
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    Delivered mail to his home 5* N. Mendoza, San Fransisco, 1965; never saw him, chatted with his mom a lot.
     
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    Yes - all others are Topps. I actually have 10 in all - 1959-69. I loved that gum!
     
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    I grew up in NYC but didn’t follow baseball until 1961 - the Giants were gone. I did see him every chance I got at Shea Stadium. He’s the greatest.
     
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    Right when I moved from NY to LA he went to the Mets. Fudge! Always loved watching him play. I still have some of his later cards. The early ones all went to the bicycle spokes and later the kids appropriated them. :mad:
     
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    Fantastic player!
     
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    We follow the Mariners now, but I grew up a Giants fan in northern California. My dad took me to Candlestick twice. That was a team full of great players as I remember it--Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, the Alous, Marichal. . . . Happy birthday, Mr. Mays!
     
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    "Legend" is a word that sometimes get tossed around indiscriminately but, in the case of Willie Mays it absolutely applies. Happy 90Th Mr Mays!
     
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    Hate the Giants but LOVE Willie Mays!

    I recall when he was approaching 600 HRs! I was 8 years old and I had all sorts of Willie Mays posters and was watching the newspaper every day!

    Still remember the thrill of a Willie Mays baseball card!

    HBD Say Hey!
     
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    Buster Poser mentioned the basket catch and that it may have been undignified or showmanship. Actually, with the basket catch your hands are already close together so that you can instantly grab the ball and throw it. Keeps runners from advancing. Or you throw them out.

    Anybody calling themselves “Buster Poser” has to be a Giants fan.
     
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    Wow! For a minute there I though I had pulled a Rip van Winkle and Willie Nelson was now two years older. Willie Mays set the benchmark for outfield performance.

    Happy Birthday Willie Mays
     
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    Many more to my first hero. I had a model of his magic catch as a kid.

    Here's my ball from the Miracle Mets. Who's below?

    Willie_Mays.jpg
     
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    Happy 90th Birthday to the Say Hey Kid! He's my favorite ball player. I got to see him hit one out at the Stick when I was a little guy.
     
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