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24 Life Stories and Lessons From the Say Hey Kid By Mays, Willie Book - 2020

In the midst of a highly unusual baseball season, along comes a new book co-authored by one of the all-time greats: “24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid” by Willie Mays and John Shea. For those who are unaware, Willie Mays is an all-time great Hall of Fame baseball player – uniform number 24, but number one in the hearts of many. The fawning sportswriters of the day called him the “Say Hey Kid”. He, heretofore, has not gained fame for his writing abilities. John Shea is an author whose baseball playing ability is unknown. Any cool nicknames for Shea remain unknown, as well. For anyone looking for their collaboration to produce a hard-hitting, tell-all type of book about the life and times of the incomparable Willie Mays, warts and all, well, this is not it. This is more of a legacy project, designed to highlight the positive and inspirational aspects of Willie’s life. Not a thing wrong with that, of course. Willie was born in 1931, and he may have many healthy, productive years ahead of him, but perhaps he thought it was time to say what he wants said about his life in and out of baseball. Why shouldn’t he define his own legacy while he still can? It has been almost 50 years since his playing days, so “24” serves as a reminder to older fans, and an introduction to younger fans, of Willie’s greatness, not just as a player, but also as a man.

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