BORN TO PLAY BALL by Willie Mays


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The spectacular young player with an unbelievable natural ability to play ball recapitulates some of the high points of his Major League career where as the ""Say Hey Kid"" he caught the imagination of the public. Just a few spot souvenirs of an Alabama childhood and a ball-playing father and grandfather precede what is largely a chronology of the 1951 and 1954 seasons (the Army took care of the interim)- 1951, his first year with the Giants and the famous pennant play-off; 1954 which was for Mays a sensational season in which he won the National League batting championship but proved he was an even stronger outfielder with his speed and basket catch and powerful throwing arm... As told to Charles Einstein, this is unassuming and unaffected by the success he has had which should extend here to his public.

Pub Date: April 21st, 1955
Publisher: Putnam