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Sports: Willie Mays

He put up unbelievable numbers in his career - yet he missed almost all of two seasons after being drafted during the Korean War. Uploaded by baseball-wallpaper.net.

Is he the greatest all-around player in baseball history? I think you can make the case. He had 660 home runs in the non-steroid era, 3,283 hits, a career batting average of .302, and he made the All-Star team a remarkable 24 times. This, despite missing most of two seasons during his prime after being drafted into the Army.

And all that doesn’t even take into account his amazing fielding prowess in center field. He won the Gold Glove twelve times, and anyone who follows baseball knows about “The Catch.” In the eighth inning of Game One of the 1954 World Series, Vic Wertz of the Cleveland Indians hit a drive to deep center field. Mays made a running catch over his shoulder without really looking back, preventing two runs from scoring, and keeping the New York Giants in a game they would eventually win in the 10th inning. The Giants went on to win the Series, the only title Mays won.

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He was named Rookie of the Year in 1951, and won the MVP honor twice (1954, 1965). He spent most of his career with the New York and San Francisco Giants, finishing with a brief stint as a New York Met. Interestingly, the Braves scouted Mays before he signed a Major League contract, but declined to sign him. Can you imagine – we could have seen an outfield with Mays in center field and Hank Aaron (Great American Things, October 29, 2009) in right field!

No one knows how Mays got his nickname, the “Say Hey Kid.” We do know that his accomplishments got him named as the “Player of the Decade” for the 1960s by the Sporting News, and that he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (Great American Things, March 26, 2010) on the first ballot…

Sports: Vin Scully

Vin Scully has been broadcasting Dodgers game -- colorfully, evocatively, memorably -- for an incredible 61 years. Uploaded by legrandclub.rds.ca.

Most sports broadcasters would agree that baseball provides its announcers the brightest spotlight. That’s particularly true on radio, where the play-by-play guy has lots of time between pitches to fill with anecdotes, statistics, and insight. There have been lots of great baseball broadcasters — Ernie Harwell, Phil Rizzuto, Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Jon Miller — but no one has ever brought the game to life more vividly than Vin Scully.

Of course, when you think of Scully, you think of the Dodgers. He broadcast their games for an incredible 61 years, from 1950 to the present. He had an early career highlight when, at the age of 25, he became the youngest person ever to broadcast the World Series (a record that still stands).

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As great as he is at baseball, Scully has brought his dulcet tones to other sports as well. During a tenure at CBS Sports he did NFL games, and anchored the network’s tennis and golf coverage. And he’s also done network baseball for both CBS and NBC.

He’s made some memorable calls: Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, Sandy Koufax’s perfect game, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, and Bill Buckner’s muffed ground ball. He also called “The Catch,” Dwight Clark’s touchdown pass from Joe Montana in the 1982 NFC Championship game.

Scully has been honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame, received a Life Achievement Emmy Award, and is in the Radio Hall of Fame. His sweetest recognition may be that which has come from his peers. The American Sportscasters Association named him Broadcaster of the Century in 2000, and honored him as top sportscaster of all-time on its Top 50 list in 2009…