Willie Mays TIME: The Weekly Newsmagazine

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This is a TIME magazine of Willie Mays on the cover. The date is July 26th, 1954. On the cover Willie Mays is shown in a batters stance in a New York Giants uniform.

Willie Mays spent almost all of his 22-season Major League Baseball career playing for the New York/San Francisco Giants (1951–1952, 1954–1972) before finishing his career with the New York Mets (1972–1973). Regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. In 1954, he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award after leading the league in batting with a .345 batting average. His over-the-shoulder catch of a Vic Wertz fly ball in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series is one of the most famous baseball plays of all time. The Giants swept the Cleveland Indians, the lone World Series triumph of Mays's career.

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