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Wille Mays Returns to New York

Published by on May 21, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Willie Mays returned to New York in May 1972, when the San Francisco Giants traded him to the New York Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams.

Willie Mays was 41 years old and coming off a 1971 season in which he had batted .271, with 18 home runs, 61 RBIs, 23 steals, and a Mickey Mantle-like 112 walks with 123 strikeouts.

In only 49 at-bats with the Giants in 1972, Willie was hitting an anemic .184 and had not yet hit his first home run.

 

Willie Mays Knew He Could Help the Mets

Willie Mays was being paid $165,000 a season, which was a big salary in 1972.

The Mets agreed to make Willie a coach at a salary of $75,000 for at least three seasons when he retired. Willie was...

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