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Short Info

Net Worth$3 million
Date Of BirthMay 6, 1931
SpouseMae Louise Allen, Margherite Wendell Chapman
FactHe 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?"

Willie Mays was born on May 6, 1931, in Westfield, Alabama. His parents, Annie and Cat Mays, were both sharecroppers. He was the fifth of six children. Willie began playing baseball at a young age and was soon recruited by the Birmingham Black Barons, a Negro League team. He played for the Black Barons for three years before being drafted by the New York Giants in 1951.

Willie made his Major League debut in May of 1951. He quickly became one of the league’s best players. In 1954, he was named National League Rookie of the Year. He was also named National League Most Valuable Player that year. Willie was an All-Star for 12 straight seasons from 1954 to 1965. He helped lead the Giants to the World Series title in 1954. He was traded to the New York Mets in 1972 and played for them for two seasons before retiring.

Willie Mays is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. His career statistics include 2,857 hits, 660 home runs, and 1,903 RBIs. He was a 24-time All-Star and won two World Series titles.

Willie Mays’ net worth is estimated to be $80 million. He has earned his fortune through his baseball career and various business ventures. He has also worked as a television commentator and an instructor at baseball camps.

Willie Mays has been married twice. His first wife was Mae Louise Allen. They were married for 50 years before she passed away in 2013. They had three children together. Willie married his second wife, Doris, in 2015. He has four children from his first marriage and one from his second marriage.

General Info

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

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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.
2My 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.
3Baseball 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.
4Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.
5Over 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.
6You 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.
7Youngsters of Little League can survive under-coaching a lot better than over-coaching.
8I 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.
9I don't compare 'em. I catch 'em.


1Found 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'.
2In 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.
3His 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.".
4Made major league debut on 25 May 1951.
5He 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?"
6Was recently passed by godson Barry Bonds in the number of career home runs.
7Member 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.
8San Francisco Giants All-Time At Bats Leader (10,477).
9San Francisco Giants All-Time Games Played Leader (2,857).
10San Francisco Giants All-Time Runs Leader (2,011).
11San Francisco Giants All-Time Doubles Leader (504).
12San Francisco Giants All-Time Hits Leader (3,187).
13San Francisco Giants All-Time Homerun Leader (646).
14San Francisco Giants All-Time Total Bases Leader (5,907).
15Mays deliberately set his hat on his head in a certain way so that it would always fall off when running at full speed.
16He won 12 Gold Gloves and appeared in a record-tying 24 All-Star games.
17Godfather of Barry Bonds.
18Became famous for catching fly balls using the waist-high or basket catch.
19Is generally regarded as the greatest all-around baseball player of all time.
20Once hit a line drive so hard it went right through the outfield fence of a minor league ballpark in Milwaukee.
21Hit his first major league home run off Warren Spahn at the Polo Grounds in New York.
22Remained with the Mets as a coach after he retired, although his duties were never defined.
23Was 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.
24Uniform #24 retired by the Giants; has been issued sparingly by the Mets since he left the organization.
25Was 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.
26Spent most of 1952 and all of 1953 in military service.
27Hit the 600th home run of his career against San Diego's Mike Corkins in September of 1969.
28Was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1954 and 1965.
29Was the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1951.
30Hit the 500th home run of his career against Houston in September of 1965.
31Moved 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.
32Led 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.
33Remembered for his over-the-shoulder catch of a Vic Wertz fly ball in Game One of the 1954 World Series.
34Hit four home runs in one game against the Milwaukee Braves in 1961.
35Passed the 3000-hit mark in July of 1970.
36Traded 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.
37Retired with 660 career home runs and a lifetime .302 batting average.
38Inducted 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).




The Donna Reed Show1964TV SeriesWillie Mays


About Last Night2014writer: "Say Hey, Willie Mays"
The Colgate Comedy Hour1954TV Series performer - 1 episode


Westfield Struggles to Success2014Documentary
Prime 92009-2011TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2010TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2010TV SeriesHimself
2008 MLB All-Star Game2008TV SpecialHimself - Pre-Game Hall of Fame Ceremony
2007 MLB All-Star Game2007TV SpecialHimself - Ceremonial 1st Pitch / NL Honorary Captain
The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American Game2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Costas Now2006TV SeriesHimself
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...2005TV SeriesHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2005TV Series documentaryHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tim McCarver Show2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
100 Years of the World Series2003Video documentaryHimself
Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Michael Jordan to the Max2000DocumentaryHimself
Joe DiMaggio: The Final Chapter2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC 2000: The Millennium1999TV Movie documentary
Up Close Primetime1998TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief: Baseball Relief '931993TV MovieHimself
1992 MLB All-Star Game1992TV SpecialHimself - NL Honorary Captain
This Week in Baseball's Greatest Plays1991VideoHimself
Baseball's Greatest Hits1990Video documentaryHimself
The Golden Decade of Baseball1990Video documentary
Mr. Belvedere1989TV SeriesHimself
My Two Dads1989TV SeriesHimself
A Giants History: The Tale of Two Cities1987VideoHimself
Frank Sinatra: Portrait of an Album1985VideoHimself (uncredited)
When Nature Calls1985Himself
1977 MLB All-Star Game1977TV SpecialHimself - NL Captain
Greatest Sports Legends1977TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1976TV SeriesHimself - Pro Baseball Player / Himself - Pro Baseball Star
The Way It Was1974-1976TV SeriesHimself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1974-1975TV SeriesHimself
Today1974TV SeriesHimself
1973 World Series1973TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Mets Pinch Hitter / Himself - New York Mets Pinch Runner / Center Fielder / ...
1973 National League Championship Series1973TV SeriesHimself - New York Mets Pinch Hitter / Center Fielder
1973 MLB All-Star Game1973TV SpecialHimself - NL Outfielder
Golf for Swingers1973TV SeriesHimself
The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie1972TV SeriesHimself
1972 MLB All-Star Game1972TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest host
1971 National League Championship Series1971TV SeriesHimself - San Francisco Giants Center Fielder
1971 MLB All-Star Game1971TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
1970 MLB All-Star Game1970TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
Della1970TV SeriesHimself
The Joe Namath Show1969TV SeriesHimself
1969 MLB All-Star Game1969TV SpecialHimself - NL Outfielder
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
1968 MLB All-Star Game1968TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
Dream Girl of '671967TV SeriesHimself - Bachelor Judge
First Annual All-Star Celebrity Baseball Game1967TV SpecialHimself - All-Star
1967 MLB All-Star Game1967TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
The Hollywood Palace1964-1967TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Himself - Sketch Actor
Bewitched1966TV SeriesHimself
1966 MLB All-Star Game1966TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
The Merv Griffin Show1966TV Series
The Donna Reed Show1966TV SeriesHimself
1965 MLB All-Star Game1965TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
1964 MLB All-Star Game1964TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
A Boy Named Charlie Brown1963TV Movie documentaryHimself - San Francisco Giants (uncredited)
A Man Named Mays1963TV MovieHimself
1963 MLB All-Star Game1963TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
Front Page Challenge1962TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
1962 World Series1962TV SeriesHimself - San Francisco Giants Center Fielder
What's My Line?1954-1962TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
1961 MLB All-Star Game1961TV SpecialHimself - NL starting center fielder
Home Run Derby1960TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958TV SeriesHimself
1958 MLB All-Star Game1958TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Giants
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1957TV SeriesHimself
1957 MLB All-Star Game1957TV SpecialHimself - NL Center Fielder
1956 MLB All-Star Game1956TV SpecialHimself - NL Outfielder
The NBC Comedy Hour1956TV SeriesHimself - Baseball Player
1955 MLB All-Star Game1955TV SpecialHimself - NL Outfielder
1954 World Series1954TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Giants Center Fielder
Tonight!1954TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Colgate Comedy Hour1954TV SeriesHimself
1954 MLB All-Star Game1954TV SpecialHimself - NL Outfielder
1951 World Series1951TV Mini-SeriesHimself - New York Giants Center Fielder

Archive Footage

El Efecto Clemente2013DocumentaryHimself
Prime 92011TV SeriesHimself
A Hall for Heroes: The Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction of 19392010TV Movie documentaryHimself
DHL Presents Major League Baseball Hometown Heroes2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2005TV Series documentaryHimself
2004 World Series2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Curse of the Bambino2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Summer of Sam1999Himself - 1954 New York Giants Outfielder Making Great Catch in World Series (uncredited)
The Fifties1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Malcolm X1992Himself (uncredited)
The 50 Greatest Home Runs in Baseball History1992Video documentaryHimself
When It Was a Game1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
World Wide '601960TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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