He was a humble and very decent human being, an incredible All-American Athlete inspiring and entertaining millions of Americans in America’s Favorite Pastime; Baseball!!!
“Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Willie Mays, oh my! Baseball has birthed some of the world’s best athletes throughout the course of history. Being able to hit a 100 mph fastball with a skinny little stick is no easy feat, yet these men have made it seem so. They made America fall in love with the sport many years ago, and for that, we can’t thank them enough.” https://www.theodysseyonline.com/10-reasons-baseball-americas-pastime
“Americans began playing baseball in backyards and fields throughout America in the mid-1800s but started regarding the sport as the nation’s favorite pastime in the 1920s, thanks to construction of large ballparks, radio and newspaper sports coverage, and a sense of pride in regional teams. The sport soon became popular in cities and rural areas alike. It also began attracting Americans of all demographics.
In 1941, Joe DiMaggio captured the nation’s attention with the longest hitting streak in history at 56 games. During World War II, baseball promoters recruited women to play in place of men on professional teams. Once the war ended, and men returned to the field, Jackie Robinson became the highest-profile African-American pro ball player during his time with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Modern sports commentators attribute baseball’s popularity to its live audiences. According to the “Atlantic,” while most NFL fans never watch a game in person, baseball fans make regular trips to the ballpark to watch their regional team play.
Another reason baseball appeals to so many Americans is that it is easily played by people of all ages and both genders. Children start with T-ball and peewee baseball. There are senior citizen baseball leagues throughout the country as well.” https://www.reference.com/world-view/baseball-america-s-favorite-pastime-b3a1140aa4dd2ebe
I agree with some top film critics too about Field of Dreams a movie about the sport! It’s also to me a “Magical Movie” and I see the wonderful history of the sport and legendary players as an integral part of Americana; actually something we can and should be very proud of as “people all united together from all neighborhoods” across these United States of America as “a good people” who get together and “play ball!” Brothers and Sisters United! I’m sure God smiles upon the Baseball Players and Fans!
“Field of Dreams is sentimental, but in the best way; it’s a mix of fairy tale, baseball, and family togetherness.” https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/field_of_dreams
God bless them and Y’all!!!
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Center Field: Willie Mays
1951-1973, primarily for the New York/San Francisco Giants
.302 career lifetime batting average
660 career home runs
1,903 career runs batted in (rbi’s)
3,282 career hits
24-time National League All-Star
1954 World Series champion
2-time NL Most Valuable Player
1951 NL Rookie of the Year
1954 NL batting champion
4-time NL home run leader
4-time NL stolen base leader
12-time Gold Glove Award winner
MLB’s all-time leader in outfield putouts (7,095)
2,842 games as an outfielder third most all time
All-Star Game records for most at bats (75), hits (23), runs scored (20), and stolen bases (six)
Shares All-Star Game records for most extra-base hits (eight), triples (three), and total bases (40)
Career 156.2 wins above replacement (WAR) ranks third all time for position players
Led NL in on base plus slugging (OPS) five times
Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979
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