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Willie Mays Net Worth

Willie Mays Net Worth is
$3 Million

Willie Mays Biography

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Quick Facts

Full NameWillie Mays
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthMay 6, 1931
Height1.8 m
Weight82 kg
ProfessionTV Personality, Baseball player
SpouseMae Louise Allen, Margherite Wendell Chapman
ChildrenMichael Mays
ParentsAnnie Satterwhite, William Howard Mays
AwardsNational League Most Valuable Player Award, Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year
MoviesWillie Mays and the Say-Hey Kid

Interesting Facts

1 Found out he was being called up to the major leagues on May 12, 1951 when he was at a movie theater in Sioux City, Iowa and a message flashed up on the screen that said 'Willie Mays call your hotel'.
2 In 1959, earning $80,000 per year playing for the San Francisco Giants, Mays lived on a modest $300 per week budget. The remainder went to taxes and investments.
3 His first career Major League home run went completely out of the Polo Grounds which had never been done before. When asked about the pitch he threw that Mays hit out, Warren Spahn (who was sixty feet, six inches away on the pitchers mound) responded, "Gentlemen, for the first 60' that was a hell of a pitch.".
4 Made major league debut on 25 May 1951.
5 He was the ninth player to be so elected to the Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility with 95% of votes cast. Of the five percent of baseball writers who didn't to vote for Mays, Dick Young wrote, "If Jesus Christ were to show up with his old baseball glove, some guys wouldn't vote for him. He dropped the cross three times, didn't he?"
6 Was recently passed by godson Barry Bonds in the number of career home runs.
7 Member of 1951 National League Champion New York Giants team. Member of 1954 World Series Champion New York Giants team. Member of 1962 National League Champion San Francisco Giants team. Member of 1971 National League Western Division Champion San Francisco Giants team. Member of 1973 National League Champion New York Mets team.
8 San Francisco Giants All-Time At Bats Leader (10,477).
9 San Francisco Giants All-Time Games Played Leader (2,857).
10 San Francisco Giants All-Time Runs Leader (2,011).
11 San Francisco Giants All-Time Doubles Leader (504).
12 San Francisco Giants All-Time Hits Leader (3,187).
13 San Francisco Giants All-Time Homerun Leader (646).
14 San Francisco Giants All-Time Total Bases Leader (5,907).
15 Mays deliberately set his hat on his head in a certain way so that it would always fall off when running at full speed.
16 He won 12 Gold Gloves and appeared in a record-tying 24 All-Star games.
17 Godfather of Barry Bonds.
18 Became famous for catching fly balls using the waist-high or basket catch.
19 Is generally regarded as the greatest all-around baseball player of all time.
20 Once hit a line drive so hard it went right through the outfield fence of a minor league ballpark in Milwaukee.
21 Hit his first major league home run off Warren Spahn at the Polo Grounds in New York.
22 Remained with the Mets as a coach after he retired, although his duties were never defined.
23 Was forced to sever all ties with baseball by then-commissioner Bowie Kuhn after taking a job with the Bally Corporation; was reinstated by Kuhn's successor, Peter Ueberroth, in the mid-1980s.
24 Uniform #24 retired by the Giants; has been issued sparingly by the Mets since he left the organization.
25 Was called up by the Giants in May of 1951, at which point he was batting .477 for their AAA affiliate, the Minneapolis Millers. Told Giants manager Leo Durocher he wasn't coming because he felt he couldn't hit big league pitching. Was asked by Leo if he thought he could hit .250 for him, and when Willie said he thought he could, Leo told him to come up immediately.
26 Spent most of 1952 and all of 1953 in military service.
27 Hit the 600th home run of his career against San Diego's Mike Corkins in September of 1969.
28 Was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1954 and 1965.
29 Was the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1951.
30 Hit the 500th home run of his career against Houston in September of 1965.
31 Moved into second place on the all-time home run list with his 535th homer in August of 1966; remained second behind Babe Ruth until Hank Aaron overtook him in 1972.
32 Led the National League in stolen bases from 1956 thru 1959; was the first player to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season.
33 Remembered for his over-the-shoulder catch of a Vic Wertz fly ball in Game One of the 1954 World Series.
34 Hit four home runs in one game against the Milwaukee Braves in 1961.
35 Passed the 3000-hit mark in July of 1970.
36 Traded to the New York Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams and cash in May of 1972, fulfilling a longtime ambition for Mets owner Joan Whitney Payson, herself a longtime admirer of Willie.
37 Retired with 660 career home runs and a lifetime .302 batting average.
38 Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1979. Played for the National League's New York/San Francisco Giants (1951-1972) and New York Mets (1972-1973).


1 [on fellow ball-player Ernie Banks] Eddie would famously say, 'It's a beautiful day for a baseball game. Let's play two'. And I'd tell him, 'Ernie, we just played a double-header. Nobody wants to play anymore. We're all tired!' Then we'd all just laugh.
2 My father told me that I was able to walk when I was only six months old. And wouldn't you know it, he got me walking after a baseball. Getting a baseball was just about the first thing I was able to do. He put two chairs close to each other and then put a baseball on one. I was clinging to the other. He walked me through two or three times. 'See the ball," he said. 'See the ball.' Then he turned me loose - and I went for the ball myself. When he knew I could chase a ball, he gave me batting lessons. He handed me a rubber ball and a little stick maybe two feet long, and sat me in the middle of the floor. I'd play with the ball all day long, hitting it with the stick, then crawling or toddling after it across the room. My dad was determined that if I wanted to, I would become a baseball player and not end up in the steel mills the way he did.
3 Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what it most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.
4 Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.
5 Over the years, a lot of organizations have asked me to be their spokesman, or have wanted me to make speeches about my experiences as a black athlete, or to talk to Congressmen about racial issues in sports. But see, I never recall trouble. I believe I had a happy childhood. Besides playing school sports, we'd play football against the white kids. And we thought nothing of it, neither the blacks nor the whites. ... I never got into a fight that was caused by racism.
6 You know, a lot of people said when I was forty, I should quit, but I don't think so. You should play as long as you can and as long as you enjoy the game. In '73, I wasn't enjoying the game, so I quit in May, I retired, and they wouldn't let me retire. So I finished up in the World Series. But I say to players: Play as long as you can, because you only have one chance.
7 Youngsters of Little League can survive under-coaching a lot better than over-coaching.
8 I remember the last season I played. I went home after a ballgame one day, lay down on my bed, and tears came to my eyes. How can you explain that? You cry because you love her. I cried, I guess, because I loved baseball and I knew I had to leave it.
9 I don't compare 'em. I catch 'em.




The Donna Reed Show 1964 TV Series Willie Mays


About Last Night 2014 writer: "Say Hey, Willie Mays"
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series performer - 1 episode


Westfield Struggles to Success 2014 Documentary
Prime 9 2009-2011 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 2010 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2010 TV Series Himself
2008 MLB All-Star Game 2008 TV Special Himself - Pre-Game Hall of Fame Ceremony
2007 MLB All-Star Game 2007 TV Special Himself - Ceremonial 1st Pitch / NL Honorary Captain
The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American Game 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Costas Now 2006 TV Series Himself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... 2005 TV Series Himself
ESPN 25: Who's #1? 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2000-2004 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tim McCarver Show 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
100 Years of the World Series 2003 Video documentary Himself
Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Michael Jordan to the Max 2000 Documentary Himself
Joe DiMaggio: The Final Chapter 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Movie documentary
Up Close Primetime 1998 TV Series Himself
Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '93 1993 TV Movie Himself
1992 MLB All-Star Game 1992 TV Special Himself - NL Honorary Captain
This Week in Baseball's Greatest Plays 1991 Video Himself
Baseball's Greatest Hits 1990 Video documentary Himself
The Golden Decade of Baseball 1990 Video documentary
Mr. Belvedere 1989 TV Series Himself
My Two Dads 1989 TV Series Himself
A Giants History: The Tale of Two Cities 1987 Video Himself
Frank Sinatra: Portrait of an Album 1985 Video Himself (uncredited)
When Nature Calls 1985 Himself
1977 MLB All-Star Game 1977 TV Special Himself - NL Captain
Greatest Sports Legends 1977 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1974-1976 TV Series Himself - Pro Baseball Player / Himself - Pro Baseball Star
The Way It Was 1974-1976 TV Series Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
Today 1974 TV Series Himself
1973 World Series 1973 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Mets Pinch Hitter / Himself - New York Mets Pinch Runner / Center Fielder / ...
1973 National League Championship Series 1973 TV Series Himself - New York Mets Pinch Hitter / Center Fielder
1973 MLB All-Star Game 1973 TV Special Himself - NL Outfielder
Golf for Swingers 1973 TV Series Himself
The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie 1972 TV Series Himself
1972 MLB All-Star Game 1972 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest host
1971 National League Championship Series 1971 TV Series Himself - San Francisco Giants Center Fielder
1971 MLB All-Star Game 1971 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1965-1970 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
1970 MLB All-Star Game 1970 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
Della 1970 TV Series Himself
The Joe Namath Show 1969 TV Series Himself
1969 MLB All-Star Game 1969 TV Special Himself - NL Outfielder
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
1968 MLB All-Star Game 1968 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
Dream Girl of '67 1967 TV Series Himself - Bachelor Judge
First Annual All-Star Celebrity Baseball Game 1967 TV Special Himself - All-Star
1967 MLB All-Star Game 1967 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1967 TV Series Himself - Interviewee / Himself - Sketch Actor
Bewitched 1966 TV Series Himself
1966 MLB All-Star Game 1966 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
The Merv Griffin Show 1966 TV Series
The Donna Reed Show 1966 TV Series Himself
1965 MLB All-Star Game 1965 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
1964 MLB All-Star Game 1964 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
A Boy Named Charlie Brown 1963 TV Movie documentary Himself - San Francisco Giants (uncredited)
A Man Named Mays 1963 TV Movie Himself
1963 MLB All-Star Game 1963 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
Front Page Challenge 1962 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
1962 World Series 1962 TV Series Himself - San Francisco Giants Center Fielder
What's My Line? 1954-1962 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
1961 MLB All-Star Game 1961 TV Special Himself - NL starting center fielder
Home Run Derby 1960 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958 TV Series Himself
1958 MLB All-Star Game 1958 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958 TV Series Himself - Giants
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955-1957 TV Series Himself
1957 MLB All-Star Game 1957 TV Special Himself - NL Center Fielder
1956 MLB All-Star Game 1956 TV Special Himself - NL Outfielder
The NBC Comedy Hour 1956 TV Series Himself - Baseball Player
1955 MLB All-Star Game 1955 TV Special Himself - NL Outfielder
1954 World Series 1954 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Giants Center Fielder
Tonight! 1954 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series Himself
1954 MLB All-Star Game 1954 TV Special Himself - NL Outfielder
1951 World Series 1951 TV Mini-Series Himself - New York Giants Center Fielder

Archive Footage

El Efecto Clemente 2013 Documentary Himself
Prime 9 2011 TV Series Himself
A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 1939 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
ESPN 25: Who's #1? 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
2004 World Series 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself
ESPN SportsCentury 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The Curse of the Bambino 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Summer of Sam 1999 Himself - 1954 New York Giants Outfielder Making Great Catch in World Series (uncredited)
The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Baseball 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Malcolm X 1992 Himself (uncredited)
The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History 1992 Video documentary Himself
When It Was a Game 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
World Wide '60 1960 TV Series Himself

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