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WILLIE MAYS After a break-out rookie season, Mays (Credit: AP, 1955)

WILLIE MAYS
After a break-out rookie season, Mays was drafted by the United States Army for service in the Korean War - though he spent most of the time playing baseball for the Army. The "Say Hey Kid" missed most of 1952 and all of 1953 before returning to the Bigs. He led the Giants to the 1954 World Series, and his 660 career home runs speak for how well he re-adjusted to Major League pitching.

Willie Mays

Considered one of the greatest all-around baseball players ever, Mays retired with 660 career home runs.

WARREN SPAHN-JUAN MARICHAL DOUBLE SHUTOUT THROUGH 15 INNINGS
(Credit: AP)

WARREN SPAHN-JUAN MARICHAL DOUBLE SHUTOUT THROUGH 15 INNINGS
CANDLESTICK PARK, JULY 2, 1963
No relievers were needed through 4 hours, 10 minutes of work by two Hall of Famers, 42-year-old Spahn of the Braves and 25-year-old Marichal of the Giants. The game ended 1-0 on a Willie Mays home run in the 16th.

WILLIE MAYS After a break-out rookie season, Mays
(Credit: AP, 1955)

WILLIE MAYS
After a break-out rookie season, Mays was drafted by the United States Army for service in the Korean War - though he spent most of the time playing baseball for the Army. The "Say Hey Kid" missed most of 1952 and all of 1953 before returning to the Bigs. He led the Giants to the 1954 World Series, and his 660 career home runs speak for how well he re-adjusted to Major League pitching.

Baseball legends Bobby Thompson, left, Ralph Branca and
(Credit: AP )

Baseball legends Bobby Thompson, left, Ralph Branca and Willie Mays, right, returned to the hallowed Polo Grounds to share memories of their historic moments in baseball. (Oct. 27, 2002)

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Former New York Giants star and MLB Hall
(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Former New York Giants star and MLB Hall of Famer Willie Mays smiles as he answers a question from MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds at P.S. 46 in Harlem, next to the site of the former Polo Grounds. (Jan 21, 2011)

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