According to Booklist in a starred review, "the Say Hey Kid had style to spare, and so does this irrepressible book." He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth on The Sporting News 's list of "Baseball's 100... read more
“As the story goes, a little boy named Willie Mays had himself a hero. Willie told is pop, "I wanna be the next Joe DiMaggio."”
“There was only one problem: the major leagues didn't allow black guys to play back then - craziest rule there ever was.”
“Willie twirls around and FIRES that ball to the infield, which keeps the runner from scoring and helps win the game! In this one play, he defies the Laws of Nature, Gravity, Baseball, common Sense, Eyesight- and probably a fe other laws too! Unbelievable!”
“final lines...Yessir, in that one moment when willie made the Catch, he showed the world a new way of playing the game. He changed how people saw his skin. In his own way, he changed the world.”
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