Say Hey Willie Mays
I love Willie Mays. It’s just too bad that he’s a Giant.
I have had the privilege and honor of being Willie’s friend for many years, and although we were rivals, I respect him tremendously as one of the best ever to play baseball. People ask me who the greatest player ever was and I always answer with two names: Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.
Willie and I were also teammates. We played in Winter Ball together in Cuba for Almendares. We also played against each other in Winter Ball in Puerto Rico. In fact, I struck Willie out with one of my curveballs, and to this day when I remind him of that he replies, “Struck me out? Was I dead?!”
Willie once wrote me letter, and in that letter he said, “Do you remember that homerun I hit off you in Puerto Rico? It still hasn’t landed!”
I don’t know about that, but I do know that Willie was an amazing player, and I love him very much.
Happy 79th birthday, Willie.