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Willie Mays 1959 Topps “Mays’ Catch Makes Series History” #464 PSA 8 NM-MT


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Willie Howard Mays, Jr., nicknamed “The Say Hey Kid” is a retired American Major League Baseball center fielder who spent almost all of his 22 season career playing for the New York and San Francisco Giants before finishing with the New York Mets.

The Giants won the National League pennant and the 1954 World Series, sweeping the Cleveland Indians in four games. The 1954 series is perhaps best remembered for “The Catch”, an over-the-shoulder running grab by Mays in deep center field of the Polo Grounds of a long drive off the bat of Vic Wertz during the eighth inning of Game 1. Considered the iconic image of Mays’ playing career and one of baseball’s most memorable fielding plays.

Career highlights and awards
24× All-Star (1954–1973)
World Series champion (1954)
2× NL MVP (1954, 1965)
NL Rookie of the Year (1951)
12× Gold Glove Award (1957–1968)
2× MLB All-Star Game MVP (1963, 1968)
Roberto Clemente Award (1971)
NL batting champion (1954)
4× NL home run leader (1955, 1962, 1964, 1965)
4× NL stolen base leader (1956–1959)
Hit 4 home runs in one game on April 30, 1961
San Francisco Giants #24 retired
Major League Baseball All-Century Team
Major League Baseball All-Time Team

Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Inducted 1979 — Vote 94.7%