Willie Mays, baseball icon, dead at 93

The “Say Hey Kid” has said farewell.

Baseball legend Willie Mays has died at 93 years old, his son, Michael Mays, confirmed in an announcement through the Giants organization.

“My father has passed away peacefully and among loved ones,” Michael said in a statement.

Baseball legend Willie Mays has died at 93. Bettmann Archive

“I want to thank you all from the bottom of my broken heart for the unwavering love you have shown him over the years. You have been his life’s blood.”

Mays’ professional baseball career began in 1948 with the Birmingham Black Barons and he broke into MLB in 1951 with the New York Giants.

Mays starred on the 1954 Giants World Series champions.

Giant center Fielder Willie Mays goes all the way to the center wall to Nab Cub first sacker Bob Speake’s Fifth inning fly, in the July 15th New York-Chicago game at the Polo Grounds. Bettmann Archive
Willie Mays of the New York Giants in 1955. Bettmann Archive

Aside from the 1953 season, which he missed for military service, he played with the Giants through the organization’s move to San Francisco in 1958 and stayed with the team until 1972, when he was traded to the Mets.

Mays finished his career with the Mets in 1973.

He was a 24-time All-Star and two-time MVP with 525 career home runs.

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