(“The Say Hey Kid”)
Born on May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama
Mays’s father Cat, played baseball in the Negro League and his mother was a gifted basketball and track star in High School.
Played in the Negro League with the Birmingham Black Barons.
Scouted by many MLB teams but mostly the Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, and the New York Giants.
Called up on May 24, 1951
Recorded his first hit and homerun on his 13th at-bat.
Won Rookie of the Year in 1951
- Drafted into Army in 1952 for the Korean War.