Willie Mays Stats

Willie Mays was born on Wednesday, May 6, 1931, in Westfield, Alabama. Mays was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 25, 1951, with the New York Giants. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Willie Mays baseball stats page.

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Willie Mays

Willie Mays Autograph on a 1986 Topps Baseball Card (#403 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1986top07' title='1986 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Willie Mays Autograph on a 1986 Topps Baseball Card (#403 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
Willie Howard Mays, Jr.
Nickname:
Buck, Say Hey or The Say Hey Kid
Born On:
05-06-1931  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Westfield, Alabama
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Fairfield Industrial High School (Fairfield, AL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
05-25-1951 (Age 20)
Last Game:
09-09-1973
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Willie Mays Pitching Stats

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Willie Mays Hitting Stats

1951 20 Giants 121 464 59 127 22 5 20 0 68 57 - 60 1 - 2 11 .274 .356 .472
1952 21 Giants 34 127 17 30 2 4 4 0 23 16 - 17 0 - 1 2 .236 .326 .409
1954 23 Giants 151 565 119 195 33 13 41 0 110 66 - 57 0 7 2 12 .345 .411 .667
1955 24 Giants 152 580 123 185 18 13 51 1 127 79 13 60 0 7 4 12 .319 .400 .659
1956 25 Giants 152 578 101 171 27 8 36 0 84 68 20 65 0 3 1 16 .296 .369 .557
1957 26 Giants 152 585 112 195 26 20 35 0 97 76 15 62 0 6 1 14 .333 .407 .626
1958 27 Giants 152 600 121 208 33 11 29 1 96 78 12 56 0 6 1 11 .347 .419 .583
1959 28 Giants 151 575 125 180 43 5 34 0 104 65 9 58 0 6 2 11 .313 .381 .583
1960 29 Giants 153 595 107 190 29 12 29 1 103 61 11 70 0 9 4 15 .319 .381 .555
1961 30 Giants 154 572 129 176 32 3 40 2 123 81 15 77 0 4 2 14 .308 .393 .584
1962 31 Giants 162 621 130 189 36 5 49 1 141 78 11 85 0 3 4 19 .304 .384 .615
1963 32 Giants 157 596 115 187 32 7 38 0 103 66 5 83 0 7 2 15 .314 .380 .582
1964 33 Giants 157 578 121 171 21 9 47 0 111 82 13 72 1 3 1 11 .296 .383 .607
1965 34 Giants 157 558 118 177 21 3 52 0 112 76 16 71 2 2 0 11 .317 .398 .645
1966 35 Giants 152 552 99 159 29 4 37 0 103 70 11 81 1 4 2 13 .288 .368 .556
1967 36 Giants 141 486 83 128 22 2 22 1 70 51 7 92 2 3 2 12 .263 .334 .453
1968 37 Giants 148 498 84 144 20 5 23 0 79 67 7 81 0 6 2 13 .289 .372 .488
1969 38 Giants 117 403 64 114 17 3 13 0 58 49 7 71 0 4 3 8 .283 .362 .437
1970 39 Giants 139 478 94 139 15 2 28 0 83 79 3 90 0 6 3 7 .291 .390 .506
1971 40 Giants 136 417 82 113 24 5 18 1 61 112 11 123 1 4 3 8 .271 .425 .482
1972 41 Giants 19 49 8 9 2 0 0 0 3 17 1 5 1 0 0 4 .184 .394 .224
1972 41 Mets 69 195 27 52 9 1 8 0 19 43 5 43 3 0 1 5 .267 .402 .446
1973 42 Mets 66 209 24 44 10 0 6 0 25 27 0 47 1 1 1 7 .211 .303 .344
22 Years 2,992 10,881 2,062 3,283 523 140 660 8 1,903 1,464 192 1,526 13 91 44 251 .302 .384 .557

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Willie Mays Fielding Stats

1951 Giants CF 121 121 3,273 374 3.1 365 353 12 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .976 3.01
1952 Giants CF 34 34 933 116 3.4 115 109 6 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .991 3.33
1954 Giants CF 151 151 4,038 469 3.1 462 449 13 7 9 n/a n/a n/a .985 3.09
1955 Giants CF 152 152 4,083 441 2.9 433 411 22 8 8 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.86
1956 Giants CF 152 150 4,032 439 2.9 430 416 14 9 6 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.88
1957 Giants CF 150 149 4,059 442 2.9 433 419 14 9 4 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.88
1958 Giants CF 151 150 4,056 451 3.0 442 427 15 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.94
1959 Giants CF 147 143 3,843 362 2.5 357 351 6 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.51
1960 Giants CF 152 152 4,044 410 2.7 402 391 11 8 2 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.68
1961 Giants CF 153 151 438 400 2.6 392 385 7 8 3 n/a n/a n/a .980 24.16
1962 Giants CF 161 159 453 435 2.7 431 425 6 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .991 25.69
1963 Giants CF 157 155 4,161 414 2.6 406 398 8 8 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.63
1963 Giants SS 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1964 Giants 1B 1 0 21 7 7.0 7 6 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1964 Giants 3B 1 0 15 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1964 Giants CF 155 151 4,038 378 2.4 373 364 9 5 4 n/a n/a n/a .987 2.49
1964 Giants SS 1 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1965 Giants CF 146 144 3,726 338 2.3 333 323 10 5 4 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.41
1965 Giants LF 1 1 27 6 6.0 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
1965 Giants RF 4 3 72 8 2.0 7 5 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 2.63
1966 Giants CF 144 142 3,741 373 2.6 366 358 8 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.64
1966 Giants LF 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1966 Giants RF 5 5 114 9 1.8 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.13
1967 Giants CF 134 123 3,225 288 2.1 281 278 3 7 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.35
1968 Giants 1B 1 1 27 9 9.0 9 9 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1968 Giants CF 142 128 3,402 316 2.2 309 302 7 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.45
1968 Giants RF 1 1 27 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
1969 Giants 1B 1 1 27 6 6.0 6 6 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
1969 Giants CF 106 94 2,559 211 2.0 206 202 4 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.17
1969 Giants RF 2 2 42 5 2.5 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.21
1970 Giants 1B 5 4 105 37 7.4 37 34 3 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.51
1970 Giants CF 129 117 3,120 285 2.2 278 272 6 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.41
1971 Giants 1B 48 39 1,113 422 8.8 411 384 27 11 43 n/a n/a n/a .974 9.97
1971 Giants CF 84 77 1,962 202 2.4 196 193 3 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.70
1972 Giants CF 14 13 339 30 2.1 30 30 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.39
1972 Mets 1B 11 9 252 78 7.1 77 75 2 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .987 8.25
1972 Mets CF 49 44 1,143 113 2.3 110 107 3 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.60
1973 Mets 1B 17 14 363 150 8.8 147 143 4 3 9 n/a n/a n/a .980 10.93
1973 Mets CF 45 41 1,014 105 2.3 104 103 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.77
CF Totals 2,829 2,741 65,682 7,392 2.6 7,254 7,066 188 138 59 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.98
1B Totals 84 68 1,908 709 8.4 694 657 37 15 61 n/a n/a n/a .979 9.82
RF Totals 12 11 255 24 2.0 23 21 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.44
LF Totals 2 1 30 7 3.5 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.30
SS Totals 2 0 12 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
3B Totals 1 0 15 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
22 Years 2,930 2,821 67,902 8,133 2.8 7,979 7,751 228 154 120 n/a n/a n/a .981 3.17

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Willie Mays Miscellaneous Stats

1951 Giants 7 4 .636 0 0 n/a 23.2 7.7 6.8 - - -
1952 Giants 4 1 .800 0 0 n/a 31.8 7.5 5.5 - - -
1954 Giants 8 5 .615 0 0 n/a 13.8 9.9 5.1 - - -
1955 Giants 24 4 .857 0 0 n/a 11.4 9.7 4.6 - - -
1956 Giants 40 10 .800 0 0 n/a 16.1 8.9 6.9 - - -
1957 Giants 38 19 .667 3 0 n/a 16.7 9.4 6.0 - - -
1958 Giants 31 6 .838 2 0 n/a 20.7 10.7 6.3 - - -
1959 Giants 27 4 .871 7 0 n/a 16.9 9.9 5.5 - - -
1960 Giants 25 10 .714 1 0 n/a 20.5 8.5 5.8 - - -
1961 Giants 18 9 .667 1 0 n/a 14.3 7.4 4.7 - - -
1962 Giants 18 2 .900 3 0 n/a 12.7 7.3 4.4 - - -
1963 Giants 8 3 .727 2 0 n/a 15.7 7.2 5.8 - - -
1964 Giants 19 5 .792 3 0 n/a 12.3 8.0 5.2 - - -
1965 Giants 9 4 .692 9 0 n/a 10.7 7.9 5.0 - - -
1966 Giants 5 1 .833 4 0 n/a 14.9 6.8 5.4 - - -
1967 Giants 6 0 1.000 14 0 n/a 22.1 5.3 6.9 - - -
1968 Giants 12 6 .667 9 0 n/a 21.7 6.1 6.3 - - -
1969 Giants 6 2 .750 15 0 n/a 31.0 5.7 6.9 - - -
1970 Giants 5 0 1.000 13 0 n/a 17.1 5.3 5.8 - - -
1971 Giants 23 3 .885 17 0 n/a 23.2 3.4 6.8 - - -
1972 Giants 3 0 1.000 5 0 n/a 0.0 9.8 16.3 - - -
1972 Mets 1 5 .167 12 1 n/a 24.4 4.5 10.3 - - -
1973 Mets 1 0 1.000 9 0 n/a 34.8 4.4 8.4 - - -
22 Years 338 103 .766 129 1 n/a 16.5 7.1 5.7 - - -
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Did you know that Willie Mays played Major League Baseball for twenty-two seasons and was named to twenty-four All-Star Games? Did you know he was the first player in National League history to join the 30 / 30 Club ( 30 Home Runs and 30 Stolen Bases )?

Willie Mays won twelve consecutive Gold Gloves starting the year the award was first introduced (1957) and up through 1968. Join Baseball Almanac as we take a look at some additional numbers of interest as they relate to the best five-tool player in Major League history:

1 - Willie Mays was the number one ranked center fielder in baseball history by Bill James in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract . An excerpt from the write-up included this tidbit, "According to Sam Levy of the Milwaukee Journal (Baseball Digest, June, 1955), the Braves began scouting Willie Mays when he was fifteen years old. The Braves head of scouting, Harry Jenkins, watched Mays play many times, and raved about him often - but lost him in a dispute over $2,500 when two of his assistant scouts, sent to cross-check, doubted that Mays was work $10,000. If the Braves had signed him they would have had Mays, Aaron , Mathews and Spahn on the team from 1954 through 1965.

2 - Willie Mays won two Most Valuable Player Awards (1954 & 1965), two All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Awards ( 1963 & 1968 ) and was ranked the second greatest player in Major League history by The Sporting News in their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players .

4 - Willie Mays hit four home runs in a game on April 30, 1961 , only the sixth instance in National League history and a record for Most Home Runs in a Game Record that still stands to this day.

13 - Willie Mays in his thirteenth at-bat, May 28, 1951 , (after going hitless in his first twelve at-bats), hit a home run in the first inning over the left field fence in the Polo Grounds for his first big league hit. The pitcher, future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn , quipped, "I'll never forgive myself. We might have gotten rid of Willie forever if I'd only struck him out."

17 - Willie Mays had seventeen 20-home run seasons (1951, 1954-1968 & 1970), eleven 30-home run seasons (1954-1957, 1959 & 1961-1966), six 40-home run seasons (1954, 1955, 1961, 1962, 1964 & 1965), and two 50-home run seasons (1955 & 1965) / review the Most Seasons With XX Home Runs Record Book to see where he ranks in each of these plateaus.

24 - Willie Mays was an All-Star twenty-four times, tied with Hank Aaron and Stan Musial for the most in baseball history, prompting Ted Williams to say, "They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays."

660 - Willie Mays finished his career with 660 home runs, third most in big league history (behind Hank Aaron & Babe Ruth ) at the time of his retirement.

1954 - Willie Mays made "The Catch" during the 1954 World Series . An iconic moment in World Series history where Mays made an over-the-shoulder running grab in deep center of the Polo Grounds of a long drive off the bat of Vic Wertz during the eighth inning of Game 1 .

1979 - Willie Mays was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, on his first ballot, with 94.7% of the votes. New York Daily News columnist Dick Young wrote about the 23 votes who chose not to enshrine Mays, "If Jesus Christ were to show up with his old baseball glove, some guys wouldn't vote for him. He dropped the cross three times, didn't he?"

Willie Mays Hall of Fame Plaque
Willie Mays | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1979 ( HOF )
The Say Hey Kid only won a single batting title, when he hit .345 in 1954, but that same year he also led the National League in slugging percentage (which he led five times), on base percentage (which he led five times) and triples (which he led three times). The following season, Mays won his first home run championship (his first of four), led the league in total bases (which he did three times) and extra base hits (which he did two times). These type of numbers / leaderboard appearances continued on across his career prompting Hall of Famer Leo Durocher - Mays first skipper in the big leagues - to say in Nice Guys Finish Last (Chicago Press, 09/15/2009, Page 385), "If somebody came up and hit .450, stole 100 bases, and performed a miracle in the field every day, I'd still look you right in the eye and tell you that Willie was better. He could do the five things you have to do to be a superstar: hit, hit with power, run, throw and field. And he had the other magic ingredient that turns a superstar into a super-superstar. Charisma."

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