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We Lost A Legend

Willie Mays passed away yesterday, leaving behind a legacy both on and off the field. Revered as the greatest center fielder ever and the greatest Giant, Willie combined unmatched power, speed, and defense. Over 73 years since his debut, his legacy remains untarnished.

Mays was one of only five players to achieve 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. He was the game’s best athlete, chasing down balls in the outfield with his cap flying, uncoiling his short, strong body to hit balls to unimaginable distances, and stealing bases with his legs churning to a classic hook slide. His talent has been unrivaled for the past 75 years.

He hit 660 home runs, ranking fifth all-time, led the league in home runs four times, had six 40-homer seasons, and topped the league in slugging five times, all while playing in a pitcher-dominant era and ballpark. Despite the pressure, Willie was as natural a talent as anyone had ever seen.

Off the field, Willie was a great person, beloved by his teammates and respected by all. His humility and genuine nature left an indelible mark on everyone he met. This was for several reasons:

  1. Humility and Grace: Despite his immense talent and numerous accolades, Mays remained humble. He always credited his teammates and never let his success go to his head.
  2. Mentorship: Mays took younger players under his wing, offering guidance and support. He was known for his willingness to share his knowledge and help others succeed.
  3. Community Involvement: Mays was actively involved in community service throughout his life. He participated in numerous charitable activities, supporting youth programs and giving back to the community that supported him.
  4. Sportsmanship: On and off the field, Mays exemplified what it means to be a good sport. He played the game with integrity and respect, earning admiration from fans and fellow players alike.
  5. Enduring Relationships: Mays maintained strong relationships with his teammates and coaches. He was known for his loyalty and camaraderie, fostering a positive team environment.
  6. Resilience: Facing numerous challenges, including racial discrimination, Mays persevered with dignity and grace. His resilience and positive attitude in the face of adversity inspired many.
  7. Legacy Beyond Baseball: Even after retiring, Mays continued to impact the sport and society positively. His work in promoting baseball and his efforts in youth mentorship programs have left a lasting legacy.

These qualities made Willie Mays not just a great athlete, but a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many both within and beyond the world of sports.

.Rest in peace, Willie Mays.

Howard Wolpoff
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Howard is the Executive Editor of Original Content of MLBReport.com and a featured writer. He previously served as the Director of Marketing and Promotions at the Brooklyn Cyclones, Member Services Director at Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment, Director of marketing and Sales at 1010XL Sports Radio in Jacksonville, FL. Howard is also the host of three podcasts, 30 Days of Marketing Mavens, Small Business Marketing – Then & Now and the soon to be premiered Small Business Onwner 101 served as a host and producer on Buzz TV. He was also the host for Marketing Champions on DailyAdBrief.com.


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