Monday, February 1, 2010
The Say Hey Kid
The one true Giant (out of many great ones) is Willie Mays. I never saw him play - his career ended in 1973. But I have had the good fortune to see him in person a number of times, at Candlestick and then AT&T Park. In fact, a good friend of mine has a luxury box there that is just ten boxes or so from Willie's, just around the curve in left field. Every once in a while he would be sitting there. Amazing.
Apparently Willie has just cooperated, for the first time, with a biographer. There is a new book coming out shortly, and there is a great story about it in the NY Times. The story itself is very interesting, and tells me something I never knew: when Bobby Thompson hit his home run to beat the Dodgers for the 1951 pennant, Willie Mays was on deck.
This is a book I think I am going to have to get.