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May 27, 1951: Giants call up Willie Mays

Posted by: Ben Welter under Minnesota History, Sports Updated: August 20, 2012 - 4:49 PM

 

Minneapolis_Millers">Minneapolis Millers fans were understandably disappointed to see their hot-hitting center fielder called up to the big leagues after less than a month. But who could blame the New York Giants? Willie Mays, just 19, had hit .607 in his first 14 games at Nicollet Park, and his fielding was equally spectacular. So off he went, making his Giants debut on May 25, 1951. Giants owner Horace Stoneham must have felt some heat from fans of his AAA farm club. He placed this ad in the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune a few days later, explaining to all of Minneapolis that the kid deserved a shot.   
[A hearty AAA cap-tip to YN reader Michael Haas for this entry.]

 


 

 

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