, and from what I have studied rgreading the sport for over 30 years, William Howard Mays, Jr., is the best all around player period.Multi-talented for over 22 incredible years, Willie was lightning fast (probably could lap the big Babe), stealing over 300 bases, and earning almost a dozen Gold Gloves for his defensive fielding prowess. His World Series over the shoulder catch image (and film) is arguable the most iconic image in all of baseball. He smashed well over 3K hits, and despite his small stature whacked 660 home runs without supplements! He was the NL ROY and played in the 50 s, 60s and 70s, on both coasts, stopping only when he was drafted by the U.S. Army. He shares the record for most All Star games (w/ 24) and was league MVP twice. His talent and attitude cemented the legitimacy of the black baseball player initiated by Robinson and Doby. I only wish that I could have seen him play!
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