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  1. bob1 says:

    What a gorgeous tribute to Mr. Mays. Anything that promulgates the joy and magic of baseball is wonderful. Thanks, Michael, for writing and sharing.

  2. Linn says:

    I grew up in a neighborhood in San Francisco in the 60s/70s where Willie Mays was our hero. The neighborhood was just a couple of miles from Candlestick Park, and at that time they had dollar days for kids. It was a big deal to see him play.

    I appreciate Dee, too. I found her site after a lot of personal frustration over another local Christian leader that had fallen into sin. I appreciate her perspective and her ability to ferret out a problem until some resolution is reached.

    Juneteenth-because I grew up in a 50% (75% when we moved) black neighborhood in the middle of the Black Power movement, I’m very aware of it. It is a worthy holiday to celebrate. We have come a long way in race relations, and we still have a long way to go.

  3. Captain Kevin says:

    So many sports icons passing lately. 😢

    Maybe Morris could be a greeter at Walmart.

  4. R'as al Ghul says:

    CK,

    I was thinking he would be more suited to breaking big rocks into smaller ones or stamping out license plates while wearing a nice orange (which is the new black) jumpsuit.

  5. Michael says:

    bob1,

    Thank you, my friend…

  6. Michael says:

    Linn,

    I wondered if Mays was a part of your story as well…can’t imagine seeing Willie for a dollar…

  7. Michael says:

    CK,

    He has the rquisite skills for such…

  8. DavidM says:

    I got to see Willie Mays play a fee times. The most memorable, though not because of Willie, was May 22, 1959 at the LA Coliseum. Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale pitched all 13 innings in a 2-1 victory over the hated Giants.
    But, Mays was a total class act, one of a kind.

  9. Michael says:

    DavidM,

    I wish I could have seen him in person…but I’ll never forget this moment listening to the great Lon Simmons on AM radio…
    https://youtu.be/vsAe25cplZs?si=O60miCcnu1lPg7fe

  10. Dan from Georgia says:

    13 innings!!!! Wow. Times and arms sure have changed. I remember Jack Morris throwing 10 innings of shut-out ball in the 1991 World Series, and did it with swagger

  11. Pineapple Head says:

    I did get to see Mays when he was with the Mets. Even though he played on rival teams, I could not dislike him. Loved his fielding.

  12. DavidM says:

    Dan from Georgia, yes, I member the Jack Morris gem. In today’s game of baseball metrics and analytics neither Drysdale nor Morris would be able to go beyond a certain pitch count. But managers Walter Alston and Tom Kelly went with their baseball instincts. Too bad that doesn’t count for much in today’s game.

  13. Dread says:

    Willie was San Fran, Sandy was LA, Mickey was NY, Harmon was the Twins, Frank the Orioles, Ernie the Cubs. They didn’t need last names. The era was golden. Baseball was actually the national pastime. It was cheap and in the big cities people went to see the local team as a way of life. We all knew the names the jersey numbers and the iconic records that would “never be broken.”

    Then steroids and tv and free agency and big money changed it all.

    The passing of Willie is nostalgic for we who grew up with baseball cards and bubblegum and Little League and wiffle ball in the back yard.

    He changed history without aiming at it. He was one we loved even when he beat our team. He was bigger than the hatred. All kinds.

    “Hey” Willie, thanks.

  14. Dan from Georgia says:

    DavidM,

    Not sure if it’s true or legend, but Tom Kelly wanted to pull Morris late in the game, and supposedly Morris objected (which I can see him doing), and Kelly probably mumbled something akin to “ok” (which I could see him doing also).

    The Bleacher Report has a good article on this trend (Pitchers injuries):

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10125255-the-yankees-gerrit-cole-returns-to-fight-against-mlbs-scariest-trend?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial

  15. Nonnie says:

    I remember reading a quote by Talulah Bankhead.
    “ Darling, I never drink water. Fish fu#k in it.” Never forgot it. 😂

  16. DavidM says:

    Dan from Georgia,
    Yeah, I also can definitely see Morris objecting to what Kelly wanted to do. He was his own man and I think it would have been difficult to manage him at times. I still remember when he flipped off the crowd at Yankee Stadium!

  17. Dan from Georgia says:

    DavidM….about Jack Morris and Tom Kelly WS 1991 Game 7 pitching change decision…this is from:

    https://baseballhall.org/discover/inside-pitch/jack-morris-wins-game-7

    “After nine full innings, Kelly told Morris he was going to take him out, but after a dugout conference the decision was made to leave the 18-game winner on the mound.

    “I want to know one thing: Who was going to take (Morris) out of this game? Who would have had the courage to say ‘Jack, you’re done’,” Twins outfielder Randy Bush asked Sports Illustrated. “I don’t think anyone would have done it. If it was (Tom Kelly), Jack would have punched him, kicked him – he might have killed him.””

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