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(ESPN)   Baseball great Willie Mays, the oldest living Hall of Famer, turns 90 today. May you have many more, Mr. Mays   (espn.com) divider line
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2021-05-06 11:37:05 AM  
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/oblig.
 
2021-05-06 12:01:35 PM  
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B-Rock's FB page today.
 
2021-05-06 1:04:00 PM  
I didn't know he's was still alive...
 
2021-05-06 1:15:21 PM  
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2021-05-06 1:18:32 PM  
after that age, I've always assumed being alive is more punishment than anything else.
 
2021-05-06 1:22:04 PM  

Summoner101: I didn't know he's was still alive...


If someone asked me about him, I would have spoken in the past tense as wee. Go Willie!
 
2021-05-06 1:22:28 PM  

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You may run like Mays.  But you hit like shiat.
 
2021-05-06 1:23:45 PM  
I only remember him seeing him play (on TV) late in his career when he was a Met. That was when Shea had a chainlink fence in the outfield. Wacky. Anyway, he was completely washed up and even had to toss the ball sometimes to another player for the throw in. But it was still cool to see him play.

What I and a lot my fellow southerners noticed was the way so many bigots nonetheless loved him. My father included:  "I hate them n@#$."

"But you love Willie Mays."

"That's different."

Same deal with Joe Louis and Joe Frazier
Bigots are weird.
 
2021-05-06 1:24:30 PM  
as wee? as well.
 
2021-05-06 1:43:28 PM  
Say Hey!
 
2021-05-06 1:52:20 PM  

yequalsy: I only remember him seeing him play (on TV) late in his career when he was a Met. That was when Shea had a chainlink fence in the outfield. Wacky. Anyway, he was completely washed up and even had to toss the ball sometimes to another player for the throw in. But it was still cool to see him play.

What I and a lot my fellow southerners noticed was the way so many bigots nonetheless loved him. My father included:  "I hate them n@#$."

"But you love Willie Mays."

"That's different."

Same deal with Joe Louis and Joe Frazier
Bigots are weird.


Except that anti-Joe Louis bigotry was an entire industry.  Even today, I'd expect farkers to be familiar with the phrase "great white hope".
 
2021-05-06 1:56:21 PM  

yequalsy: I only remember him seeing him play (on TV) late in his career when he was a Met. That was when Shea had a chainlink fence in the outfield. Wacky. Anyway, he was completely washed up and even had to toss the ball sometimes to another player for the throw in. But it was still cool to see him play.

What I and a lot my fellow southerners noticed was the way so many bigots nonetheless loved him. My father included:  "I hate them n@#$."

"But you love Willie Mays."

"That's different."

Same deal with Joe Louis and Joe Frazier
Bigots are weird.


It's only because your dad met Frank Sinatra one time and asked him, just between the two of them, how old was Joe Louis.
 
2021-05-06 2:06:22 PM  

ltdanman44: after that age, I've always assumed being alive is more punishment than anything else.


*Jimmy Carter seen frowning at you*
 
2021-05-06 2:43:14 PM  

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I love how they got the card format right for the year.
 
2021-05-06 2:46:53 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: yequalsy: I only remember him seeing him play (on TV) late in his career when he was a Met. That was when Shea had a chainlink fence in the outfield. Wacky. Anyway, he was completely washed up and even had to toss the ball sometimes to another player for the throw in. But it was still cool to see him play.

What I and a lot my fellow southerners noticed was the way so many bigots nonetheless loved him. My father included:  "I hate them n@#$."

"But you love Willie Mays."

"That's different."

Same deal with Joe Louis and Joe Frazier
Bigots are weird.

Except that anti-Joe Louis bigotry was an entire industry.  Even today, I'd expect farkers to be familiar with the phrase "great white hope".


You're absolutely right about Louis with Marciano and all that. I was mainly referring to my father in this instance, who loved boxing, and thought Louis was the best ever. I don't mean to downplay how much bigotry African-Americans athletes endured, and endure, just the weird hypocrisy we see sometimes. My sister won't allow a person of color in her house but  just adores Alan Iverson.
 
2021-05-06 3:14:11 PM  

dentalhilljack: yequalsy: I only remember him seeing him play (on TV) late in his career when he was a Met. That was when Shea had a chainlink fence in the outfield. Wacky. Anyway, he was completely washed up and even had to toss the ball sometimes to another player for the throw in. But it was still cool to see him play.

What I and a lot my fellow southerners noticed was the way so many bigots nonetheless loved him. My father included:  "I hate them n@#$."

"But you love Willie Mays."

"That's different."

Same deal with Joe Louis and Joe Frazier
Bigots are weird.

It's only because your dad met Frank Sinatra one time and asked him, just between the two of them, how old was Joe Louis.


Know what Frank told me? He said "Hey, Joe Louis is a hundred thirty-seven years old." A hundred and thirty-seven years old!
 
2021-05-06 3:36:57 PM  

Summoner101: I didn't know he's was still alive...


This.
 
2021-05-06 4:06:52 PM  
Birthday headlines should start off "He/she is still alive, don't panic/get depressed seeing their name here..."

Mild bit of 'aw crap' while reading the headline.  He was juuust before my time, but growing up a Giants fan...he was still a big part of their recent history.

Happy birthday, glad that you're still with us
 
2021-05-06 4:37:15 PM  

buckeyebrain: dentalhilljack: yequalsy: I only remember him seeing him play (on TV) late in his career when he was a Met. That was when Shea had a chainlink fence in the outfield. Wacky. Anyway, he was completely washed up and even had to toss the ball sometimes to another player for the throw in. But it was still cool to see him play.

What I and a lot my fellow southerners noticed was the way so many bigots nonetheless loved him. My father included:  "I hate them n@#$."

"But you love Willie Mays."

"That's different."

Same deal with Joe Louis and Joe Frazier
Bigots are weird.

It's only because your dad met Frank Sinatra one time and asked him, just between the two of them, how old was Joe Louis.

Know what Frank told me? He said "Hey, Joe Louis is a hundred thirty-seven years old." A hundred and thirty-seven years old!


Yeah, but you still never met Martin Luther King.
 
2021-05-06 4:47:41 PM  

yet_another_wumpus: yequalsy: I only remember him seeing him play (on TV) late in his career when he was a Met. That was when Shea had a chainlink fence in the outfield. Wacky. Anyway, he was completely washed up and even had to toss the ball sometimes to another player for the throw in. But it was still cool to see him play.

What I and a lot my fellow southerners noticed was the way so many bigots nonetheless loved him. My father included:  "I hate them n@#$."

"But you love Willie Mays."

"That's different."

Same deal with Joe Louis and Joe Frazier
Bigots are weird.

Except that anti-Joe Louis bigotry was an entire industry.  Even today, I'd expect farkers to be familiar with the phrase "great white hope".


The "Great White Hope" narrative was because of bigotry against Jack Johnson, because of his dominance in the ring and the fact that he was married to a white woman and used his fight money to open desegregated businesses.

By the time he was a teenager, Joe Louis was being recognized by white and black promoters as a phenomenal talent. That talent insulated him from lots of prejudice in the 30s, and after the Max Schmelling fights in the 40s, Louis was a bonafide national hero.

Louis's fall was because his manager and hangers on stole much of his money when he went off to serve in World War II and left his taxes unpaid. He never got out from under that tax bill.
 
2021-05-06 6:25:58 PM  
The old-timers from the Negro Leagues always talked about Mays' dad, nicknamed Kitty-Kat due to his fielding and baserunning prowess.   Being old-timers, they always claimed that he was better than his famous son.   Could be, but we will never know because of the color line.   If I had to hazard a guess, based on what black and Latino ballplayers have done since '47, I would claim that they were the equal to the big league contemporaries.   When they got a chance to play the barnstorming Big League teams during the winter and spring, they demonstrated that regularly.
 
2021-05-06 10:42:04 PM  
I remember him playing. Only because he did something noodle-armed in the outfield and my dad said he should be retired. I'm glad I have that memory, that link to the previous generation of ball players.
 
2021-05-06 11:11:43 PM  
Willie Mays makes 'The Catch' in the 1954 World Series
Youtube FSiCT8oejug
 
2021-05-06 11:42:31 PM  
Joe Posnanski made a very good argument that the Say Hey Kid is the greatest baseball player of all time. When you think about it, it's truly remarkable that perhaps the greatest player of all time is still alive, particularly since baseball is pretty much the only sport where guys who played before 1960 are still considered the greatest to have ever played the game.  We really should be treasuring his life more, especially given how we lost Hank Aaron so quietly during the pandemic.
 
2021-05-07 7:44:59 AM  

Somacandra: B-Rock's FB page today.


An eloquent, positive post? Why would anyone vote for this guy?

We need a senile orange goblin spouting hate and catchphrases while meandering off topic. That's what presidential greatness is made of!
 
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