Willie Mays Fast Facts
Posted May 10, 2013 11:00 a.m. EDT
(CNN) — Here's a look at the life of Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays.
Personal: Birth date: May 6, 1931
Birth place: Westfield, Alabama
Birth name: William Howard Mays Jr.
Father: William Mays
Mother: Ann (Satterwhite) Mays
Marriages: Mae Louise Allen (1971-2013, her death); Margherite Wendell Chapman (1956-1961)
Children: adopted with Margherite Mays: Michael
Military Service: US Army, 1952-1954
Other Facts: Career statistics include 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, and a batting average of .302.
As of May 2017, only four other players in baseball history have hit more home runs than Mays: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Alex Rodriguez.
Won 12 consecutive Gold Gloves.
Played in 24 All-Star Games and four World Series.
Godfather to baseball player Barry Bonds.
His nickname was the "Say Hey Kid."
Timeline: 1948-1950 - Plays for the Birmingham Black Barons, part of the Negro League.
1950 - Signed by the New York Giants as an amateur free agent.
1951-1957 - Plays for the New York Giants.
1951 - Is named National League Rookie of The Year.
1952-1954 - Serves in the US Army.
1954 - During the World Series, Mays makes an over-the-shoulder catch that is considered one of the most memorable moments in baseball history.
1954 - National league MVP.
1955, 1962, 1964, 1965 - Leads the National League in home runs.
1957 - Wins the first-ever Gold Glove for center field.
1958 - The New York Giants become the San Francisco Giants.
1958-1972 - Plays for the San Francisco Giants.
August 30, 1961 - Hits four home runs in one game.
1963 - MLB All-Star Game MVP.
1964 - Becomes the first black team captain in the major leagues.
1965 - National League MVP.
1968 - MLB All-Star Game MVP.
1972 - Is traded to the New York Mets.
1972-1973 - Plays for the New York Mets.
1973-1979 - New York Mets hitting instructor.
1979 - Is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 409 out of 432 votes.
1986 - Assistant to the president of the Giants Organization. The position is extended for his lifetime in 1993.
2000 - Founds the Say Hey Foundation, which serves underprivileged children.
March 31, 2000 - A 23-ton bronze statue of Mays is unveiled at the new Major League ballpark in San Francisco.
December 2007 - Is inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
November 24, 2015 - Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.