The "Say Hey Kid," Willie Mays is the best athlete to wear the number 24. Willie was a true "five tool" athlete, hitting for average and power, throwing well, fielding well, and running the bases with speed. He was an athlete is every sense of the word, and it was evident in his statistics. Willie's athleticism with the Giants (and Mets for a short time,) helped him acheive the following:
- Two-time NL MVP (1954 and 1965)
- 1951 NL Rookie of the Year
- 24-time All-Star (Ted Williams said: "They invented the All-Star game for Willie Mays.")
- 1954 NL Batting Champion
- Four-time NL home run leader
Did you know....the Giants ballpark is currently located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza, with a statue of Willie outside surrounded by 24 palm trees, and a right-field wall that stands at 24-feet high, all in honor of Willie?
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