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Willie Mays on Whats My Line From July 11, 1954, Willie Mays, the superb center fielder of the New York Giants, is the mystery guest on What's My Line. Predictably, Arlene Francis, a Giants' fan, identifies him.
Tags: Willie  Mays  baseball  WML 
Added: 12th April 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Willie Mays - Blasting Caps PSA In this public-service announcement from the 1960s, baseball great Willie Mays warns kids not to touch blasting caps. Sounds like good advice to me...
Tags: blasting  caps  PSA  Willie  Mays  baseball 
Added: 4th July 2013
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Controversial SI Cover - 1955 The cover photo on the April 11, 1955 edition of Sports Illustrated seems utterly innocuous today, but it created a great deal of controversy in its day. Hollywood actress Laraine Day is flanked by 1954 National League MVP Willie Mays on the left and her husband, New York Giants' manager Leo Durocher, on the right. The photo set a precedent: It was the first time any American magazine cover featured a white woman with her arm around a black man. SI, which was less than a year old, was amazed by the hate mail it received from its readers in the south. One correspondent said the cover photo was an affront to decent white women everywhere. Another said it was an example of northern liberals constantly reminding the south who the victors were in 1865. The furor died down quickly. More than 50 years later Mays told his biographer that he had no knowledge of any controversy about the SI cover photo.
Tags: SI  cover  baseball  Willie  Mays  Laraine  Day 
Added: 10th August 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Willie Mays Apartment - 1954 This photo really is out of the past. It was taken in 1954, the year Willie Mays dominated the National League and would be named its MVP. It shows him in his small apartment in the Harlem section of New York City. The woman in the photo is his landlady/cook. It is slightly misleading, though. Mays was among the highest paid players in MLB in 1954, but while the Giants were in New York, Mays chose to live in Harlem as a simple tenant. When the Giants moved to San Francisco, Mays bought luxurious homes. (He also got himself into big financial troubles because his worldly, socialite wife was a spendthrift.)
Tags: Willie  Mays  MLB  apartment 
Added: 20th September 2013
Views: 1873
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Posted By: Lava1964
Phantom Tag Call - 1973 World Series It's Game #2 of the 1973 World Series. The game is tied 6-6 in the top of the tenth inning. The New York Mets have a runner (Bud Harrelson) at third base with one out. Felix Millan lofts a fly ball to Oakland's Joe Rudi in left field. Harrelson tries to score on the play. Catcher Ray Fosse catches Rudi's strong throw on one hop and attempts to apply a sweep tag on Harrelson who does not slide. Veteran NL umpire Augie Donatelli assumes an unusual position to make the call--and declares Harrelson out. You decide if the call was right. (The Mets eventually won the game 10-7 in 12 innings.)
Tags: MLB  1973  World  Series  Harrelson  Fosse  Donatelli  Mays 
Added: 25th November 2014
Views: 1593
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Posted By: Lava1964
2002 MLB All-Star Game Controversial Tie While the other three major North American team sports' All-Star Games have become farces, baseball's mid-summer classic still retains its luster for being competitive and hard-fought, and unchanged in its format since it was first played in 1933. Since day one it's always been the American League versus the National League. At the 2002 ASG in Milwaukee, however, the game suffered a huge public-relations blow because it was stopped after 11 innings deadlocked at 7-7, when both teams ran out of pitchers. This development was the result of a change in ASG philosophy that strongly encouraged managers to use everyone on the bench. The days of Willie Mays playing in the ASG from start to finish (which he did 11 times) were gone. Instead, managers liberally moved players in and out of the lineup so that it resembled something akin to a softball game at a church picnic where, to avoid hurt feelings, everyone participates. Commissioner Bud Selig made the decision to halt the game in consultation with the umpiring crew and both managers. The crowd of more than 41,000 spectators was outraged that the game ended without a winner. Furthermore, no MVP was selected because of the inconclusive outcome--a strange decision did not make a lot of sense. The following year, as a way to make the contest more meaningful, it was decided that whichever league won the ASG would get home field advantage for the World Series that autumn. That policy, which had its supporters and detractors, was kept until 2016.
Tags: MLB  baseball  2002  All-Star  Game  tie 
Added: 12th July 2017
Views: 1020
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Posted By: Lava1964

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