Superstar Athlete Dead

(DCWatchdog.com) – In a heartbreaking announcement, Major League Baseball’s (MLB) San Francisco Giants confirmed that superstar athlete and baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays has died at the age of 93.

The late athlete’s son, Michael Mays, said, “My father has passed away peacefully and among loved ones. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my broken heart for the unwavering love you have shown him over the years. You have been his life’s blood.”

Giants Chairman Greg Johnson mourned the loss of the superstar and stated, “Today we have lost a true legend. In the pantheon of baseball greats, Willie Mays’ combination of tremendous talent, keen intellect, showmanship, and boundless joy set him apart.”

Mays started with the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League in 1948 when he was just 16. The New York Giants bought his contract in 1950 after he finished high school. The team moved to San Francisco in 1958.

He also served in the Army for most of 1951 and all of 1952, then returned to the Major Leagues in 1954. That year, the Giants won the World Series, where Mays made the iconic defensive play known as “The Catch.”

Moreover, the late legend played 21 seasons with the Giants and was a 24-time All-Star. He finished his career with the New York Mets in the 1972 and 1973 seasons.

In 2015, former President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In addition, it was reported that Mays would not attend a game honoring him and the Negro Leagues later this week between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals at Rickwood Field.

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said Thursday’s game will still honor Mays. “Thursday’s game at historic Rickwood Field was designed to be a celebration of Willie Mays and his peers.”

“With sadness in our hearts, it will now also serve as a national remembrance of an American who will forever remain on the short list of the most impactful individuals our great game has ever known,” he further added.

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