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Mays finally wows 'em

Author Charles Einstein looks at a 20-year-old Willie Mays in 1951 as he began his career with the New York Giants.

Originally Published: April 6, 2004
By Charles Einstein | From "Willie's Time: Baseball's Golden Age"

The following excerpt from Charles Einstein's Willie's Time: Baseball's Golden Age picks up the story in 1951, shortly after the New York Giants called up Willie Mays, who'd just turned 20, from their Minneapolis farm team.

The Giants in 1951 started off winning their first game, losing their second, winning their third, then losing the next eleven straight. They had done somewhat better after that -- it would have been difficult to do worse -- but on May 25, the day Mays joined them in ...

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