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Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.

Willie Howard Mays
San Francisco Giants
OF
a.k.a. Say-Hey Kid

Contributed by: Robert Ford

They throw the ball, I hit it; they hit the ball, I catch it.

Willie Howard Mays
San Francisco Giants
OF
a.k.a. Say-Hey Kid

Contributed by: Robert Ford

Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what it most truly is is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps.

Willie Howard Mays
San Francisco Giants
OF
a.k.a. Say-Hey Kid

I can't tell you about moments because I wasn't into that. I just played every day and enjoyed what I was doing. When I made a great catch it was just routine. I didn't worry about it. Winning was important. Winning.

Putting it all into perspective

Willie Howard Mays
San Francisco Giants
OF
a.k.a. Say-Hey Kid

As for there being anything difficult about the catch, though, the answer is there wasn't. Any ball you go a long way for is exciting to the fans in the stands, because they're not looking at you when you get your jump on it -- they're looking at the hitter. But I'd gotten the good jump, and I had running room, and the ball stayed up for me. I didn't have to pick it off the grass, I didn't have to avoid another fielder, I didn't have to crash the wall, I didn't have to jump in the air, I didn't have to gauge the wind -- there was none -- or some eccentric thing the ball itself did -- it didn't rise, fall, curve, swerve, or bend too much. I doubt there's a day goes by in the big leagues but some outfielder doesn't make a more difficult play than I did on that Wertz ball.

Reflecting on "The Catch" when he fielded the fly ball to center field hit by Vic Wertz in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series

Willie Howard Mays
San Francisco Giants
OF
a.k.a. Say-Hey Kid

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