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  • May 6, 1931

    Willie Howard Mays born in Westfield, Alabama

  • July 1948

    Plays first game for the Birmingham Black Barons at age 17.

  • 1951

    Major League debut with the NY Giants at age 20; named Rookie of the Year

  • May 1952

    Reports to the Army and does not rejoin the Giants until spring training of 1954.

  • September 29, 1954

    Infamous "the catch" in the Polo Grounds in the first game of the World Series

  • April 1958

    Plays in Giants' first game in Seals Stadium in San Francisco

  • April 1960

    Plays in the debut game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco

  • May 1972

    The Giants trade Mays to the Mets; Giants retire Mays' jersey #24


  • August 1973

    Hits 660th home run (vs. Cincinnati Reds at Shea Stadium)

  • 1979

    Elected to the baseball hall of fame in his first year of eligibility