Monday, February 14, 2011

Familiar Faces / Strange Places: Willie Mays / Mets

In May of 1972 the New York Mets traded pitcher Charlie Williams and $50K to the San Francisco Giants for 41-year-old Willie Mays. At the time, the Giants franchise was in financial trouble and team owner Horace Stoneham could not guarantee a post-playing career job for the future Hall of Famer. The Mets offered Mays a position as a coach upon his retirement.

In his Mets debut (May 14, 1972) Willie Mays hit a home run to beat his former team. He played in 133 games for the Mets. His final major league game was Game 7 of the 1973 World Series.


Anonymous said...

It was strange seeing Mays with the Mets. I never got used to it. He was really at the end of the line by 1972,and his performance in the 1973 World Series was a sad way to end his career. I remember he beat Steve Carlton and the Phillies in a game at the Vet in May 1972 with a late-inning homerun. There was a huge crowd at the Vet that Sunday, something like 50,000.

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