He set a big league record with 22 extra-inning home runs. He owns the big league record with 13 years of playing 150 or more games in a row (1954-1966). Mays set a record by homering in the first four games of 1971. He has not yet been surpassed among left fielders.
Mays' record has been tied three times: by Roy Campanella with 23 in 1947, by Mike Hampton with 27 in 1992 and by Joe Panik in 2011. No one has hit more than 20 since Mays in '71.
A baseball has been awarded to Mays as part of an effort to recognize players who have contributed significantly to their teams during post-season play. The award is known as the Babe Ruth Award and it was created in memory of the player who led the New York Yankees to seven World Series titles in the 1920s and 1930s. The award goes to the player who contributes the most to his team's success in the playoffs.
Willie Mays has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The election marks only the second time in history that a player has been voted into the Hall of Fame by his peers. The other player is Jim Rice, who was selected by his fellow players after appearing on the ballot for three years.
1971-Willie Mays homered in the first four games of the 1971 season, setting a new record for the most games with a home run in the first four games of a season. The record was ultimately tied, but not beaten, after 27 years. Mays is one of only nine players to hit more than one home run in their team's opening game of the season.
Mays' early blast helped the San Francisco Giants win their first eight games on the way to a world championship. The record has since been improved upon several times but it's still considered pretty impressive today.
He set major league records for games (3,562), at bats (14,053), hits (4,256), and singles (4,256). (3,215). He also has the most RBI of any player who has not had a season with 100 or more hits (1,314, with a career-high of 82 in 1969).
Rose entered the game with two outs in the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants on October 14, 1989. The score was 3-3. He hit a single off Gary Thorne to start the frame before being pulled by manager Joe Torre. The Mets went on to win 4-3 in 11 innings to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1972.
The following year, he attempted to come back from retirement. However, his record was only good with the Reds until it was broken by Mark McGwire in 1998. Since then, no one has been able to break the record.
During his time with the Cincinnati Reds, Rose made seven trips to the batting title race but never won. In 1987, he finished with a.346 average to claim his third straight runner-up medal. That same year, he became the first player to have three consecutive seasons with over 300 hits. From 1975-87, he never had fewer than 300 hits per season.
Hank Aaron Significant Home Runs Number six-hundred forty-nine (649) was hit on June 10, 1972, and it is significant because it passed Willie Mays and made Hank Aaron the all-time home run leader in the National League.
With a career total of 762 home runs, Barry Bonds is the only player to have broken Aaron's mark. Aaron beat Babe Ruth's career home run record of 714 in 1974. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Aaron also holds the marks for the most runs batted in (2,297 RBIs) and total bases (6,856).
Aaron beat Babe Ruth's career home run record of 714 in 1974. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Aaron also holds the marks for the most runs batted in (2,297 RBIs) and total bases (6,856). His career batting average was.305, and he scored 2,174 runs in the Major Leagues.
He batted over.300 ten times on his way to a career.302 average. He was a two-time National League MVP (1954, 1965) and a 20-time All-Star. He led the league in home runs four times, finishing with 660, which was then the second highest in league history. "They created the All-Star Game in honor of Willie Mays." - Bob Elliott.
Mays is one of only nine players to have their numbers retired by more than one team. The other eight are Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jim Thorpe, Ernie Banks, Mike Schmidt, Barry Bonds, and Alex Rodriguez.
Willie Mays hit over.300 ten times and finished with a career.302 average. Mays has the most All-Star Game appearances of any player (13). His number 24 has been retired by both the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.
In a 17-year career, Mays played for five teams, hitting.297 with 39 homers and 153 RBIs. He died in May 1987 at the age of 59 after suffering from bone marrow cancer.