Willie Mays Dead at 93

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Legendary outfielder Willie Mays has died at the age of 93, his family confirmed late Tuesday evening.


"My father has passed away peacefully and among loved ones," said Michael Mays in a statement released by the Giants. "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."

Gambling911.com's own Thomas Somach had met Willie in 1977.

"He was such a nice humble person," Somach recalls.


"Today we have lost a true legend", said Giants Chairman Greg Johnson in a statement. "In the pantheon of baseball greats, Willie Mays' combination of tremendous talent, keen intellect, showmanship, and boundless joy set him apart. A 24-time All-Star, the Say Hey Kid is the ultimate Forever Giant.

"He had a profound influence not only on the game of baseball, but on the fabric of America. He was an inspiration and a hero who will be forever remembered and deeply missed."

Mays' death comes two days before the Giants are set to face off against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, in a game honoring Mays and the Negro Leagues as a whole. It was announced Monday that Mays would not be able to attend.

His career spanned an amazing 20-plus years (1951-73) -- most of them playing with the Giants -- he made 24 All-Star teams, won two NL MVP awards and had 12 Gold Gloves. He ranks sixth all time in home runs (660), seventh in runs scored (2,068), 12th in RBIs (1,909) and 13th in hits (3,293).


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