Mays donates $50K to fix Fla. school's field

Updated: February 24, 2006, 1:31 PM ET
Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. -- Although they weren't alive during his Hall of Fame playing days, about 600 teenagers packed a high school as Willie Mays presented a $50,000 check to repair the school's baseball field damaged by Hurricane Wilma.

Mays, 74, accompanied Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings to Western High School on Thursday to donate money from The Home Depot and the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund. Mays was in Florida for Black History Month event held earlier this week.

One teenager asked Mays if he played with the legendary Satchel Paige, who was born a quarter-century before Mays.

"How old does he think I am?" Mays replied to laughter.

He stressed to the students the importance of higher education. Mays also joked about his godson Barry Bonds passing him for third on the all-time home run list. Mays was a teammate of Bonds' late father, Bobby, on the San Francisco Giants -- the team Bonds now plays for.

"I was mad," Mays joked. "Because he didn't break it hard enough. I'm cussing and all -- [telling Bonds], 'Go ahead and hit it so I can go home.' "

"He's a pretty funny guy," said Tabari Smotherman, 15, who plays baseball for Fort Lauderdale High. "You just don't expect ... him to be entertaining ... because he's old."


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