24 : life stories and lessons from the Say Hey Kid / Willie Mays and John Shea ; foreword by Bob Costas.

By: Mays, Willie, 1931-
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2020Edition: First editionDescription: xii, 340 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cmISBN: 9781250230423; 125023042XOther title: Twenty-fourSubject(s): Mays, Willie, 1931- | Baseball players -- United States -- Conduct of life | Baseball players -- United States -- BiographyGenre/Form: Autobiographies.Summary: "The legendary Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field in this reflective and inspirational memoir. "It's because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for President."--President Barack Obama Widely regarded as the greatest all-around player in baseball history because of his unparalleled hitting, defense and baserunning, the beloved Willie Mays offers people of all ages his lifetime of experience meeting challenges with positivity, integrity and triumph in 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid. Presented in 24 chapters to correspond with his universally recognized uniform number, Willie's memoir provides more than the story of his role in America's pastime. This is the story of a man who values family and community, engages in charitable causes especially involving children and follows a philosophy that encourages hope, hard work and the fulfillment of dreams. "I was very lucky when I was a child. My family took care of me and made sure I was in early at night. I didn't get in trouble. My father made sure that I didn't do the wrong thing. I've always had a special place in my heart for children and their well-being, and John Shea and I got the idea that we should do something for the kids and the fathers and the mothers, and that's why this book is being published. We want to reach out to all generations and backgrounds. Hopefully, these stories and lessons will inspire people in a positive way."--Willie Mays"-- Provided by publisher.
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<p> THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BESTSELLER <br> <br> The legendary Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field in this reflective and inspirational memoir. <br> <br> "Even if, like me, you thought you had pretty much read and heard all there was to read and hear about Willie Mays, this warmhearted book will inform and reward you. And besides, what true baseball fan can ever get enough of Willie Mays? Say Hey! Read on and enjoy." -- From the Foreword by Bob Costas <br> <br> "It's because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for President." --President Barack Obama <br> <br> Widely regarded as the greatest all-around player in baseball history because of his unparalleled hitting, defense and baserunning, the beloved Willie Mays offers people of all ages his lifetime of experience meeting challenges with positivity, integrity and triumph in 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid. <br> <br> Presented in 24 chapters to correspond with his universally recognized uniform number, Willie's memoir provides more than the story of his role in America's pastime. This is the story of a man who values family and community, engages in charitable causes especially involving children and follows a philosophy that encourages hope, hard work and the fulfillment of dreams.<br> <br> "I was very lucky when I was a child. My family took care of me and made sure I was in early at night. I didn't get in trouble. My father made sure that I didn't do the wrong thing. I've always had a special place in my heart for children and their well-being, and John Shea and I got the idea that we should do something for the kids and the fathers and the mothers, and that's why this book is being published. We want to reach out to all generations and backgrounds. Hopefully, these stories and lessons will inspire people in a positive way." --Willie Mays </p>

Includes index.

"The legendary Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field in this reflective and inspirational memoir. "It's because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for President."--President Barack Obama Widely regarded as the greatest all-around player in baseball history because of his unparalleled hitting, defense and baserunning, the beloved Willie Mays offers people of all ages his lifetime of experience meeting challenges with positivity, integrity and triumph in 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid. Presented in 24 chapters to correspond with his universally recognized uniform number, Willie's memoir provides more than the story of his role in America's pastime. This is the story of a man who values family and community, engages in charitable causes especially involving children and follows a philosophy that encourages hope, hard work and the fulfillment of dreams. "I was very lucky when I was a child. My family took care of me and made sure I was in early at night. I didn't get in trouble. My father made sure that I didn't do the wrong thing. I've always had a special place in my heart for children and their well-being, and John Shea and I got the idea that we should do something for the kids and the fathers and the mothers, and that's why this book is being published. We want to reach out to all generations and backgrounds. Hopefully, these stories and lessons will inspire people in a positive way."--Willie Mays"-- Provided by publisher.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. ix)
  • 1 Set an Example: The Story of 24 (p. 1)
  • 2 Play Catch with Your Dad: The Story of Willie Howard Mays, Sr. (p. 15)
  • 3 Remember Your History: The Story of the Birmingham Black Barons (p. 29)
  • 4 Take on a Challenge: The Story of Breaking Down Barriers (p. 47)
  • 5 Honor Your Mentors: The Story of Leo Durocher and Monte Irvin (p. 59)
  • 6 Act Like You've Been There Before: The Story of a Unique and Elegant Style (p. 69)
  • 7 Keep Your Eye on the Ball: The Story of The Catch (p. 81)
  • 8 Honor Your Peers: The Story of Willie, Mickey, and the Duke (p. 97)
  • 9 When Life Throws You a Curve, Go with the Pitch: The Story of the Polo Grounds and Candlestick Park (p. 113)
  • 10 Give It All You've Got: The Story of a Pour-Homer Day (p. 125)
  • 11 Life and Baseball Aren't Fair: The Story of a Game of Inches (p. 139)
  • 12 Never Give Up: The Story of a 16-Inning Classic (p. 153)
  • 13 Have Fun on the Job: The Story of All-Star Pride (p. 161)
  • 14 Your Foe Can Be Your Friend: The Story of a Heated Rivalry (p. 171)
  • 15 You Can Go Home Again: The Story of a Return to New York (p. 185)
  • 16 Strive for Excellence: The Story of Hank Aaron and 1,415 Home Runs (p. 201)
  • 17 Respect Everyone Like Your Teammate: The Story of the Absurdity of Racism (p. 211)
  • 18 Follow Your Dreams: The Story of a Kinship with Barack Obama (p. 229)
  • 19 Benefit from Versatility: The Story of a Five-Tool Player (p. 239)
  • 20 Embrace the Mental Game: The Story of the Sixth Tool (p. 251)
  • 21 It's Not All About the Numbers: The Story of Life Beyond 660 (p. 263)
  • 22 Have Each Other's Back: The Story of a Good Friends Son (p. 275)
  • 23 Stay Young At Heart: The Story of Three World Series Rings (p. 291)
  • 24 Make a New Friend: The Story of a Love Affair with Fans (p. 305)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 327)
  • Index (p. 333)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Kirkus Book Review

Living legend Mays (b. 1931) and San Francisco Chronicle baseball writer Shea present fresh material about the often chronicled career of the superstar center fielder. The title refers to Mays' jersey number and also corresponds to the number of chapters in this conversational book. The majority of the text contains Shea's words about the Hall of Famer, but Mays' own words are scattered throughout each chapter along with an excellent array of photographs from every stage of his life. The narrative is upbeat in the sense that the hundreds of individuals quoted are consistently enthralled by Mays' sterling character, positive outlook, and baseball talent. But it's not all sunshine. Mays faced intense racism after transitioning from the Negro Leagues to white-dominated Major League Baseball. Though Jackie Robinson became the first black player to break the color barrier, the role of Mays as a racial pioneer in MLB is unquestionable. His white teammates and his few black mentors tended to protect him instinctively from the most repulsive racism, almost surely because of his winning personality as well as his on-field talents. In chapters framed by various life lessons--e.g., "Set an Example," "Have Fun on the Job," and "Benefit From Versatility"--the authors illuminate Mays' stellar career; service in the Army in the early 1950s; meetings with many U.S. presidents, with Barack Obama as the most special; and the similarities and differences between him and players of his own era, especially Hank Aaron, as well as modern stars such as Barry Bonds and Mike Trout. Despite the scandal involving Bonds' use of performance-enhancing drugs, Mays is adamant that he deserves entry into the Hall of Fame. Bob Costas provides the foreword, noting that "a strong case can be made for Willie Mays as the greatest all-around player in baseball history." A book primarily for baseball fans, but it offers plenty of material for readers interested in U.S. race relations. (color printed endpapers, 68 b/w photos) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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