The San Francisco Giants announced that baseball legend and Hall of Famer Willie Mays passed away peacefully this afternoon at 93. Known for his exceptional skills and enduring legacy, Mays leaves behind an indelible mark on the sport and the Giants organization.

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Willie Howard Mays Jr. was born in Westfield, Alabama, on May 6, 1931. From an early age, Mays displayed extraordinary athletic talent, excelling in baseball during high school. His prowess on the field caught the attention of the New York Giants, who signed him in 1950.

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Mays made his major league debut in 1951, quickly becoming a standout player. Known as “The Say Hey Kid,” Mays captivated fans with his remarkable defensive skills, powerful hitting, and base-running prowess. His over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series remains one of the most iconic moments in baseball history.

Throughout his 23-year career, Mays earned numerous accolades, including 24 All-Star selections, 12 Gold Glove Awards, and two National League MVP titles. He finished his career with 660 home runs, ranking him among the greatest power hitters ever.

After retiring as a player, Mays continued contributing to baseball as a coach and mentor. His legacy extends beyond his on-field achievements, as he inspired generations of athletes and fans alike.

Mays was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, cementing his status as one of the greatest players in the game’s history. His impact on the San Francisco Giants and the broader baseball community will be remembered and cherished for years.