Willie Mays Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Baseball Hall of Fame player Willie Mays.

Personal:
Birth date:
May 6, 1931

Birth place: Westfield, Alabama

Birth name: William Howard Mays, Jr.

Father: William Mays

Mother: Ann (Satterwhite) Mays

Marriages: Mae Louise Allen (1971-2013, her death); Margherite Wendell Chapman (1956-1961)

    Children: adopted with Margherite Mays: Michael

    Military Service: U.S. Army, 1952-1954

    Other Facts:
    Career statistics include 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, and a batting average of .302.

    Won 12 consecutive Gold Gloves.

    Played in 24 All-Star Games and four World Series.

    Godfather to baseball player Barry Bonds.

    Timeline:
    1948-1950
    - Plays for the Birmingham Black Barons, part of the Negro League.

    1950 - Signed by the New York Giants as an amateur free agent.

    1951-1957 - Plays for the New York Giants.

    1951 - Is named National League Rookie of The Year.

    1952-1954 - Serves in the U.S. Army.

    1954 - During the World Series, Mays makes an over-the-shoulder catch that is considered one of the most memorable moments in baseball history.

    1954 - National league MVP.

    1955, 1962, 1964, 1965 - Leads the National League in home runs.

    1957 - Wins the first-ever Gold Glove for center field.

    1958 - The New York Giants become the San Francisco Giants.

    1958-1972 - Plays for the San Francisco Giants.

    August 30, 1961 - Hits four home runs in one game.

    1963 - MLB All-Star Game MVP.

    1964 - Becomes the first black team captain in the major leagues.

    1965 - National League MVP.

    1968 - MLB All-Star Game MVP.

    1972 - Is traded to the New York Mets.

    1972-1973 - Plays for the New York Mets.

    1973-1979 - New York Mets hitting instructor.

    1979 - Is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 409 out of 432 votes.

    March 31, 2000 - A 23-ton bronze statue of Mays is unveiled at the new Major League ballpark in San Francisco.

    December 2007 - Is inducted into the California Hall of Fame.