Willie Mays – ESPN Sports Century (2000)

1954-Topps-Baseball-Willie-Mays-213x300“No one really knows Willie Mays, The pubic doesn’t, the press doesn’t. He’s as much of a mystery as Joe Dimaggio was.” – Bill James

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Jun 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Biography of one of the first great black players on the New York Giants.

My Take on it – As a fan of baseball, I have heard of the great Willie Mays, but didn’t know much about him.

Billy Crystal and Daniel Stern joke about him in City Slickers (1991), but in general, his actually history was a mystery to me.

This documentary really tells us who he was, how he became the legend that he is known as and what kind of person he was.

We get some interesting interviews with friends, past teammates, family members and The Say Hey Kid himself that convey some great anecdotes and stories about his life and times as a baseball great.

It’s amazing that all 3 New York Baseball teams had one of the three top Outfielders at the very same time.

Bottom Line – Nice biography of one of the greatest ball players ever but one that most people don’t know much about. The interviews with past teammates, friends, family and the man himself make for some interesting stories. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – It is not clear how Mays became known as the “Say Hey Kid.” One story is that in 1951, Barney Kremenko, a writer for the New York Journal, proceeded to refer to Mays as the ‘Say Hey Kid’ after he overheard Mays say, “‘Say who,’ ‘Say what,’ ‘Say where,’ ‘Say hey,'”. Another story is that Jimmy Cannon created the nickname because Mays did not know everybody’s names when he first arrived in the minors. “You see a guy, you say, ‘Hey, man. Say hey, man,’ ” Mays said. “Ted [Williams] was the ‘Splinter’. Joe [DiMaggio] was ‘Joltin’ Joe’. Stan [Musial] was ‘The Man’. I guess I hit a few home runs, and they said ‘There goes the ‘Say Hey Kid. (From Wikipedia)



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