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Statement from Executive Director Tony Clark on the passing of Willie Mays:

The Players Association joins the rest of the baseball world in mourning the loss of Willie Mays, a national treasure and one of the iconic players in the game’s history. 

 

From his professional debut with the Birmingham Black Barons at age 17 through his 24 All-Star Games to his Hall of Fame induction in 1979, Willie’s skill on the field and impact off it elevated him to a stature that was larger than life. 

 

Beyond the 660 home runs, the 3,293 hits and countless accolades, the Say Hey Kid played the game with an earnestness, a joy and a perpetual smile that resonated with fans everywhere.

 

He will be remembered for his integrity, his commitment to excellence and a level of greatness that spanned generations. We extend our sympathies to Willie’s family and his countless fans and friends throughout the game.

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