When Willie Mays made The Catch in 1954, the New York Giants played in the Polo Grounds, which was a goddamn huge ballpark shaped like a horseshoe with a 483-foot center field fence. He had to get way the hell back there to make the over-the-shoulder grab. Given the dimensions of the ballpark, it’s probably…
Alex Rodriguez hit the 661st home run of his career tonight, passing Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. Next up ahead of him is Babe Ruth with 714, and then Hank Aaron with 755 and Barry Bonds with 762.
Alex Rodriguez silenced a Fenway Park crowd by depositing an eighth-inning pinch-hit 3-0 pitch over the Green Monster to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead over Boston while moving himself into a tie with Willie Mays for fifth place all-time with 660 career home runs.
Grant Wahl noticed today that the New York Times found no nonfiction sports titles among its 100 notable books of the year ... for the third straight year.
In 1954, Willie Mays was 23 years old. That year he hit 41 home runs, had a .345 average, and was the National League MVP. And here he is, at his rented apartment in a Harlem walk-up with his landlady, one Mrs. Goosby, looking protectively over his shoulder as he eats.
It's the 50th anniversary of baseball's greatest pitchers' duel, a 16-inning, 1-0 game where both Juan Marichal and Warren Spahn went the distance.
Here's a good sports-related scene from The French Connection II.
First there was this. TBS followed it up with this. That's not to mention the rotten and biased coverage from the Turner network's announcers. As a whole, TBS has shit the bed with their postseason baseball broadcasts, but tonight's blunder really takes things to a new level. Good job, good effort, TBS.
As Alex Rodriguez stays in the headlines because he's Alex Rodriguez (even though he wasn't actually at the high-stakes poker game mentioned in the tabloids since he was playing in the World Series at the time), the real story is the re-emergence of baseball's complicated relationship with gambling. But if MLB were to…
The world champion San Francisco Giants, accompanied by Willie Mays, visited the White House today, in all their scraggly, bearded glory. President Obama made jokes about Brian Wilson's beard ("I do fear it"), his attire ("Now underneath Brian's beard, and the spandex tuxedo, and the sea captain costume, and the…
Today, as they tend to do, the LIFE photography archives released a beautiful selection of never-before-seen photographs. The new collection, released 60 years to the day after Willie Mays' major league debut on May 25, 1951, is of the Hall of Famer's earlier years as a professional baseball player. There are many…
Mays turns 80 today, and it's amazing that one of the greatest all-around baseball players ever can still be known for a single moment.
As keeper of Sports Illustrated's indispensable Vault, Andy Gray spends a lot of his time sifting through the sports photography of another time, when athletes wore short shorts and facial hair, and everyone looked vaguely uncomfortable. Here is one such photo.
"Above all, the story of Willie Mays reminds us of a time when the only performance-enhancing drug was joy." So sayeth the great Pete Hamill, who is proof that baseball makes even brilliant writers sound like a Wonder Years voiceover.