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Happy Birthday Willie Mays


Dear Editor:

Happy 91st Birthday to Willie Mays. He was born on May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama. Mays had an incredible baseball record during his 22 year career playing for the NY & San Francisco Giants and last year with the Mets. It included 660 home runs, 3,283 hits and 903. He was one of the key players in the golden era of NYC major league baseball, in the 50s. It was a three way rivalry between the American League Bronx Yankees, National League New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. All three teams claimed to have the best center fielder. On street corners all over town, citizens would argue whether the Giants Willie Mays, Yankees Mickey Mantle or Dodgers Duke Snider was champ. Most everyone could afford a bleacher, general admission, reserve or box seat. Hot dogs, beer, other refreshments and souvenirs were reasonably priced. Residents of the era sat outside on the neighborhood stoop listening to games on the radio. Baseball fans would also look for their favorite sports writer in the morning, midday and late afternoon newspaper editions, available at thousands of newsstands. Television was a relatively new technology. We all miss “The Say Hey Kid”.

Larry Penner


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