Book excerpt: ‘Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend’

In this excerpt from “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend,” the Hall of Fame center fielder makes “The Catch,” one of the greatest plays in baseball history.

Source: Book excerpt: ‘Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend


say heyThe term “five-tool player” is used in baseball terminology to describe a player with phenomenal skills. One who can hit for power, hit for average, field, throw and have speed. Some who come to mind in my lifetime are Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron and Ken Griffey Jr. just to name a few.




As I was reading an article about the NBA, my thoughts went to a player that we may never see the likes of again. That player in Wilt Chamberlain, sometimes commonly referred to as “The Dipper”.  Chamberlain stood 7 feet 1 inch and weighed anywhere between 275 and 285 pounds for most of his career and presented an imposing presence on the court that had never been seen during that time period. Chamberlain’s career is loaded with numerous league records in scoring and rebounding. He is the only player ever to score 100 points in a single game and score over 4,000 points and collect 2,000 rebounds in a single season. The year he scored the 100 points in a game, he averaged 50.4 points per game. He also had an interesting statistic in the fact that in his 14 seasons in the NBA, he never fouled out of game; neither regular season or playoff. I believe with his skills, he would be a dominating player at the center position in todays’ game.