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Portrait of Willie Mays

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
22 12493 .302 .384 .557 .339 161.9
Birth Date5-6-1931
Height5' 10"
Weight170 lbs
Age87 years, 5 months, 14 days
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ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1951 NY1 20 121 524 464 59 127 22 5 20 219 57 60 2 1 68 7 4 .274 .356 .472 .290 29.5 4.8 3.5
1952 NY1 21 34 144 127 17 30 2 4 4 52 16 17 1 0 23 4 1 .236 .326 .409 .278 7.0 4.5 1.2
1954 NY1 23 151 640 565 119 195 33 13 41 377 66 57 2 7 0 110 8 5 .345 .411 .667 .365 86.0 19.4 11.0
1955 NY1 24 152 670 580 123 185 18 13 51 382 79 60 4 7 0 127 24 4 .319 .400 .659 .348 73.2 8.4 8.4
1956 NY1 25 152 650 578 101 171 27 8 36 322 68 65 1 3 0 84 40 10 .296 .369 .557 .319 60.6 16.2 8.0
1957 NY1 26 152 668 585 112 195 26 20 35 366 76 62 1 6 0 97 38 19 .333 .407 .626 .360 79.3 2.7 8.7
1958 SFN 27 152 685 600 121 208 33 11 29 350 78 56 1 6 0 96 31 6 .347 .419 .583 .356 93.1 19.4 12.0
1959 SFN 28 151 648 575 125 180 43 5 34 335 65 58 2 6 0 104 27 4 .313 .381 .583 .342 83.3 -4.4 8.3
1960 SFN 29 153 669 595 107 190 29 12 29 330 61 70 4 9 0 103 25 10 .319 .381 .555 .345 80.7 10.9 9.7
1961 SFN 30 154 659 572 129 176 32 3 40 334 81 77 2 4 0 123 18 9 .308 .393 .584 .336 77.1 16.3 9.6
1962 SFN 31 162 706 621 130 189 36 5 49 382 78 85 4 3 0 141 18 2 .304 .384 .615 .347 89.9 12.3 10.6
1963 SFN 32 157 671 596 115 187 32 7 38 347 66 83 2 7 0 103 8 3 .314 .380 .582 .357 79.3 8.2 9.9
1964 SFN 33 157 665 578 121 171 21 9 47 351 82 72 1 3 1 111 19 5 .296 .383 .607 .362 87.7 9.1 10.8
1965 SFN 34 157 638 558 118 177 21 3 52 360 76 71 0 2 2 112 9 4 .317 .398 .645 .377 88.5 9.8 11.0
1966 SFN 35 152 629 552 99 159 29 4 37 307 70 81 2 4 1 103 5 1 .288 .368 .556 .352 66.9 11.2 8.8
1967 SFN 36 141 544 486 83 128 22 2 22 220 51 92 2 3 2 70 6 0 .263 .334 .453 .305 41.2 5.6 5.5
1968 SFN 37 148 573 498 84 144 20 5 23 243 67 81 2 6 0 79 12 6 .289 .372 .488 .343 54.0 5.2 7.4
1969 SFN 38 117 459 403 64 114 17 3 13 176 49 71 3 4 0 58 6 2 .283 .362 .437 .310 36.8 -2.8 3.8
1970 SFN 39 139 566 478 94 139 15 2 28 242 79 90 3 6 0 83 5 0 .291 .390 .506 .327 58.6 -6.7 5.5
1971 SFN 40 136 537 417 82 113 24 5 18 201 112 123 3 4 1 61 23 3 .271 .425 .482 .337 54.4 -2.1 6.0
1972 NYN 41 69 242 195 27 52 9 1 8 87 43 43 1 0 3 19 1 5 .267 .402 .446 .326 20.2 -0.7 2.3
1972 SFN 41 19 67 49 8 9 2 0 0 11 17 5 0 0 1 3 3 0 .184 .394 .224 .263 2.3 -0.8 0.2
1973 NYN 42 66 239 209 24 44 10 0 6 72 27 47 1 1 1 25 1 0 .211 .303 .344 .236 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1951 NY1 MLB 121 524 .290 .256 .324 .386 .265 .000 100 15.3 13.3 1.2 4.8 -0.4 29.5 3.5 29.5 3.5
1952 NY1 MLB 34 144 .278 .259 .327 .385 .279 .000 100 2.2 3.3 0.3 4.5 1.1 7.0 1.2 7.0 1.2
1954 NY1 MLB 151 640 .365 .265 .329 .411 .265 .325 101 66.8 16.7 1.5 19.4 1.0 86.0 11.0 86.0 11.0
1955 NY1 MLB 152 670 .348 .256 .320 .408 .259 .282 101 52.3 15.8 1.4 8.4 3.7 73.2 8.4 73.2 8.4
1956 NY1 MLB 152 650 .319 .255 .313 .400 .253 .281 99 35 15.7 1.4 16.2 8.6 60.6 8.0 60.6 8.0
1957 NY1 MLB 152 668 .360 .258 .316 .398 .260 .324 100 59.2 15.9 1.4 2.7 2.7 79.3 8.7 79.3 8.7
1958 SFN MLB 152 685 .356 .267 .327 .412 .268 .344 99 65.1 18.3 1.7 19.4 8.1 93.1 12.0 93.1 12.0
1959 SFN MLB 151 648 .342 .259 .319 .397 .260 .299 97 53.8 17.9 1.6 -4.4 10.1 83.3 8.3 83.3 8.3
1960 SFN MLB 153 669 .345 .258 .317 .396 .261 .319 94 56.7 18.1 1.6 10.9 4.4 80.7 9.7 80.7 9.7
1961 SFN MLB 154 659 .336 .264 .326 .408 .261 .296 96 52.5 18.7 1.7 16.3 4.2 77.1 9.6 77.1 9.6
1962 SFN MLB 162 706 .347 .263 .324 .396 .262 .286 98 63 19.7 1.8 12.3 5.5 89.9 10.6 89.9 10.6
1963 SFN MLB 157 671 .357 .244 .301 .363 .255 .309 97 58.9 16.8 1.5 8.2 2.1 79.3 9.9 79.3 9.9
1964 SFN MLB 157 665 .362 .257 .309 .379 .260 .268 97 63.3 17.0 1.5 9.1 5.9 87.7 10.8 87.7 10.8
1965 SFN MLB 157 638 .377 .253 .309 .378 .261 .286 101 68.5 16.1 1.3 9.8 2.5 88.5 11.0 88.5 11.0
1966 SFN MLB 152 629 .352 .258 .311 .389 .263 .279 99 52.8 16.0 1.2 11.2 -3.1 66.9 8.8 66.9 8.8
1967 SFN MLB 141 544 .305 .249 .307 .365 .263 .283 99 21.1 13.1 1.2 5.6 5.8 41.2 5.5 41.2 5.5
1968 SFN MLB 148 573 .343 .244 .298 .343 .257 .302 87 38.1 12.6 1 5.2 2.2 54.0 7.4 54.0 7.4
1969 SFN MLB 117 459 .310 .252 .318 .373 .262 .313 98 21.9 11.8 0.9 -2.8 2.2 36.8 3.8 36.8 3.8
1970 SFN MLB 139 566 .327 .259 .326 .393 .263 .303 99 37.9 15.4 1 -6.7 4.3 58.6 5.5 58.6 5.5
1971 SFN MLB 136 537 .337 .254 .312 .370 .260 .339 101 37.6 13.3 -2.1 -2.1 5.7 54.4 6.0 54.4 6.0
1972 NYN MLB 69 242 .326 .247 .309 .362 .260 .306 96 13.9 5.7 -0.2 -0.7 0.9 20.2 2.3 20.2 2.3
1972 SFN MLB 19 67 .263 .249 .321 .365 .270 .205 98 0.2 1.6 0.1 -0.8 0.4 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
1973 NYN MLB 66 239 .236 .261 .320 .386 .261 .242 97 -5.6 6.3 -0.5 -0.2 -0.7 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1951 NY1 MLB 524 59 127 22 5 20 68 57 60 7 4 .274 .356 .472 .198 .290 29.5 4.8 3.5
1952 NY1 MLB 144 17 30 2 4 4 23 16 17 4 1 .236 .326 .409 .173 .278 7.0 4.5 1.2
1954 NY1 MLB 640 119 195 33 13 41 110 66 57 8 5 .345 .411 .667 .322 .365 86.0 19.4 11.0
1955 NY1 MLB 670 123 185 18 13 51 127 79 60 24 4 .319 .400 .659 .340 .348 73.2 8.4 8.4
1956 NY1 MLB 650 101 171 27 8 36 84 68 65 40 10 .296 .369 .557 .261 .319 60.6 16.2 8.0
1957 NY1 MLB 668 112 195 26 20 35 97 76 62 38 19 .333 .407 .626 .292 .360 79.3 2.7 8.7
1958 SFN MLB 685 121 208 33 11 29 96 78 56 31 6 .347 .419 .583 .237 .356 93.1 19.4 12.0
1959 SFN MLB 648 125 180 43 5 34 104 65 58 27 4 .313 .381 .583 .270 .342 83.3 -4.4 8.3
1960 SFN MLB 669 107 190 29 12 29 103 61 70 25 10 .319 .381 .555 .235 .345 80.7 10.9 9.7
1961 SFN MLB 659 129 176 32 3 40 123 81 77 18 9 .308 .393 .584 .276 .336 77.1 16.3 9.6
1962 SFN MLB 706 130 189 36 5 49 141 78 85 18 2 .304 .384 .615 .311 .347 89.9 12.3 10.6
1963 SFN MLB 671 115 187 32 7 38 103 66 83 8 3 .314 .380 .582 .268 .357 79.3 8.2 9.9
1964 SFN MLB 665 121 171 21 9 47 111 82 72 19 5 .296 .383 .607 .311 .362 87.7 9.1 10.8
1965 SFN MLB 638 118 177 21 3 52 112 76 71 9 4 .317 .398 .645 .328 .377 88.5 9.8 11.0
1966 SFN MLB 629 99 159 29 4 37 103 70 81 5 1 .288 .368 .556 .268 .352 66.9 11.2 8.8
1967 SFN MLB 544 83 128 22 2 22 70 51 92 6 0 .263 .334 .453 .189 .305 41.2 5.6 5.5
1968 SFN MLB 573 84 144 20 5 23 79 67 81 12 6 .289 .372 .488 .199 .343 54.0 5.2 7.4
1969 SFN MLB 459 64 114 17 3 13 58 49 71 6 2 .283 .362 .437 .154 .310 36.8 -2.8 3.8
1970 SFN MLB 566 94 139 15 2 28 83 79 90 5 0 .291 .390 .506 .215 .327 58.6 -6.7 5.5
1971 SFN MLB 537 82 113 24 5 18 61 112 123 23 3 .271 .425 .482 .211 .337 54.4 -2.1 6.0
1972 SFN MLB 67 8 9 2 0 0 3 17 5 3 0 .184 .394 .224 .041 .263 2.3 -0.8 0.2
1972 NYN MLB 242 27 52 9 1 8 19 43 43 1 5 .267 .402 .446 .179 .326 20.2 -0.7 2.3
1973 NYN MLB 239 24 44 10 0 6 25 27 47 1 0 .211 .303 .344 .134 .236 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1

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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1973-05-07 1973-06-05 15-DL 29 22 Right Shoulder Strain - -

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Similarly to Kershaw, has anyone ever looked into why Willie Mays was so bad in the postseason? And why does no one seem to care, except for the '73 Series?
(answerdave from 2400 baud)
Everybody who played prior to 1969 (beginning of the multi-level postseason), the numbers for everybody who didn't play for the Yankees has small-sample-size warnings. Mays had 99 postseason plate appearances in his career. That's not enough to be able to say anything about. He had an .802 OPS in the 1954 Series (to go with The Catch) and .989 in the 1972 NLCS (when he was 40!). He was bad in 1951 and not good in '62. And yeah, in '73 he was like AARP eligible. So ignore that one, and say he had two good postseasons and two that weren't good. That doesn't say "chokes under pressure" to me - Rob M (World Series Chat)
2015-06-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Twins be concerned about Byron Buxton's relatively slow start? Remember just last year he was being compared to Willie Mays and Mike Trout.
(John from CT)
Well, he shouldn't have been compared to those guys anyway, because...well...those are hall-of-famers and you shouldn't compare prospects to hall-of-famers. I'm a little disappointed, but I still think he's the best prospect in baseball. Have patience. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)With all the hype around Byron Buxton, what are the chances he actually reaches his ceiling? We are still waiting for guys like Jason Heyward and Justin Upton to reach theirs (I know they're still young).
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
extraordinarily low because his ceiling is extraordinarily high. I was talking about this with J.P. Breen last night on the way home from Kane County, just because a player doesn't reach lofty heights doesn't make him worthless or a bust. His ceiling allows for a lot of value even if he falls short. If he's 80% of Willie Mays that's still incredibly valuable. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Might STL claim the top defensive player all time at FOUR of the eight fielding positions? Edmonds, Molina, Ozzie, Keith Hernandez?
(Willie McGee from STL)
Willie Mays says no. (Geoff Young)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seemed like James McDonald put everything together before the All-star break last year, however, he slowly fell apart thereafter. What do you expect from McDonald next year? Thanks for the chat, Geoff.
(Jim from Philly)
Hi Jim, thanks for stopping by to chat. I'm going to get crazy and predict an ERA between 4.00 and 4.21 for McDonald this year, same as every year. But yikes, that second half is scary. I don't know how you go from having opponents hit like Jeff Mathis to having them hit like Willie Mays in such a short span. The positive spin is that McDonald showed the ability to dominate over a decent stretch of games. The flip side is... yuck. (Geoff Young)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re the (way) earlier question about long swings, check out film of Willie Mays some time. For a guy 5'11", that was some long swing, and he did better than all right.
(frampton from Oakland)
Willie Mays also loves pancakes and makes his own syrup (Jason Parks)
2012-08-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)You have just finished watching a complex league game. You saw, for the first time, a player you had never before heard about. He is now your favorite prospect ever, filling you with feelings of Francisco Lindor, Oscar Taveres and Yu Darvish, held together by Willie Mays' maple syrup and choir robe. What position does he play? Where is he from? What makes him so special? Have you ever stumbled onto such a prospect without any prior knowledge of the kid's existence?
(Nick from Michigan)
He plays shortstop; he's special because he's 6'7'' and weighs 250 lbs; he hits bombs, he steals bases, and he thinks Mike Trout's ceiling is a bag of #slack. He's the first of his kind; the wave of the future. Power-forward body with Venezuelan shortstop actions, Mike Trout's speed, and Stanton's power. He's also a sweetheart that has grit. (Jason Parks)
2011-04-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Travis Snider and Adam Jones are piling disappointing starts on top of disappointing careers. Do you think either or both will turn it around?
(Rex Little from Big Bear CA)
Well, KG tells me Adam Jones is better than Willie Mays, so he has to turn it around, right? (Of course, that's just his standard intro into how average players today are better conditioned, better trained, etc. -- of course Willie Mays born at the same time as Adam Jones would be better than Adam Jones).

Seriously, though, I fear Adam Jones is turning into Corey Patterson, and I'm losing my optimism about him. Snider is younger and has a better chance of turning things around. (Ken Funck)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay! greetings from your southern-most follower (unless someone in the southern island of NZ is also out there?) Quick question, who would be the 5 charter members of the Baseball HoF if it was founded today?
(Guillermo from Montevideo, Uruguay)
Hey Guillermo! I think if you were to start today, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Cy Young would be four of those five. I'm not sure who the fifth would be, though - probably another pitcher. Maybe Tom Seaver given that he had the highest vote percentage of all time. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can't we all feel more comfortable with an opening class of 10 of Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Walter Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wanger?
(Bernard from Jersey City)
That's a great place to start. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, have you read the new Willie Mays biography? I'm eager to read that side-by-side with Howard Bryant's forthcoming Hank Aarron bio. Will you be checking either or both out? Any other baseball books you eager to read this spring?
(AlexBelth from Bronx)
Hey Alex! I haven't read the Mays book yet, but I'm dying to; it's been sitting in my reading pile for weeks now. I'm torn about the Aaron book, though. On the one hand I think he's the more interesting and complicated character of the two, but on the other hand I think I already know that. And while I really liked Bryant's book on steroids, his subsequent columns on that subject have been so insufferable I'm not sure I'm willing to dive into that in the context of the longtime record holder. Hell, Aaron himself seems to have better perspective on that subject these days. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)What about Bonds? He was pretty good, too.
(Adam from DC)
Juiced or virgin? There's no wrong answer, but I don't think you can ever go wrong building with strength up the middle. Hence Jackie, hence Willie Mays, but maybe not the Babe or Teddy Ballgame. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)"If you could take one guy from any time period to build your franchise around, who do you pick?" I think I'd go with Willie Mays.
(mattymatty from Philly)
You can't go wrong. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't recall exactly when Eric Davis retired, and I have to acknowledge that his career numbers don't come close to HOF material. However, he stands out to this Reds fan as one of the most exciting players of his era, and I'll forever wonder what might have been had he stayed healthy. What's your top-5 list of "coulda shoulda" players?
(BelongstotheReds from Seattle)
No joke, I got all verklempt when I wrote up Davis' blurb for a JAWS piece a couple years back. The man possessed the most electrifying speed/power combo to hit the majors between Willie Mays and Barry Bonds, period. What I wouldn't give to see him play at his peak again...

Davis and his childhood pal Darryl Strawberry make a good strat to a top five for the Hall of Should aWouldaCoulda, and you can't mention the straw without calling upon Dwight Gooden too. Add David Cone and Fernando Valenzuela and you've got an easy five from me, though I'm certain there are others I could include particularly from other eras. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina! Love your work! Who gets your vote for greatest living baseball player...
(Mary Beth from St. Louis, MO)
Thank you Mary Beth... Willie Mays is 77 years young, making this a pretty easy call. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Posnanski made a good case for Stan Musial as one of the best living ballplayers the other day... where is he on your list?
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
Where's Jay Jaffe when I need him? I don't keep lists like this, but it would definitely be behind Willie Mays. It isn't like it's ever going to be an Olympic event, where Musial's got to stand around on a podium and subsequently explain his disappointment for getting the bronze behind Mike Schmidt or Frank Robinson or something. Maybe I'm being lazy, but Mays seems like a solid enough selection for an off-the-cuff answer. ;) (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat) Would you say that Willie Mays is a good comp for Colby Rasmus.
(Clonod from St. Louis)
Comparing anyone to Willie Mays is ridiculous. Don't do that. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Considering how far ahead of the pack he is at his position, is it fair to call Brooks Robinson the best defensive player in history?
(costa24 from Montreal)
Ozzie Smith is, and it's not close. Followed then by Bill Mazeroski, then probably Willie Mays. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)Anthony Hewitt seems to have shot up the draft boards like no other (with maybe the exception of Lawrie) I remember in recent years. From everything you've heard about him is he worth the risk for top 15?
(Thomas from Newark)
I wish I had a better answer than Maybe!, but I don't. Go get a hold of two scouts. One will tell you that he just might be the next Willie Mays, and the next will tell you that he barely turned him in and there's no way they'd take him. It really is THAT divergent a range of opinions on him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm stealing this question from Joe Posnanski, but who do you think is the best Mets position player of all time?
(Tommy from OPS,FL)
Willie Mays? Mike Piazza? Daryl Strawberry? That's one for Jay Jaffe. (Will Carroll)


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