May 06, 2011
The greatest living ballplayer — maybe the greatest ballplayer, period, argues ESPN's David Schoenfield — turned 80 years old Friday. In honor of the Say Hey Kid attaining the level of octogenarian, here are several classic photos of Willie Mays from the archive.
No, we didn't have the rights to the great photo of Mays playing stickball in the streets of Harlem, but the shots of him playing pool, playing Santa Claus and chilling in a bobsled with Yogi Berra should more than make up for it. Happy birthday, Mr. Mays!
All photos from the AP. For caption information, visit the set's Flickr page.