San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays celebrates 85th birthday

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Willie Mays during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians, activists and government innovators. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays celebrated his 85th birthday on Friday.

The Giants celebrated his birthday by hanging a banner outside AT&T Park near the Willie Mays Statue that read, “Happy 85 Willie.” Fans also sang “Happy Birthday” to him in the middle of the third inning. 20160506_183721

Mays attended Friday night’s game when the Giants played the Colorado Rockies.

And in the middle of the fifth inning, the Giants played a message to Mays from President Obama.


Vin Scully, who has been the rival Los Angeles Dodgers’ announcer for 67 years, even gave Willie a happy birthday.


The Hall of Famer signed with the New York Giants back in 1950 and was the bridge between New York and San Francisco when the team moved. In his 22-year career, mostly with the Giants, he hit a career .302, with 660 home runs, and 1,903 RBIs.

In 1951, Mays became the star rookie of the New York Giants, winning a world championship with them in 1954. When the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958, Mays achieved even wider recognition.

He spent most of his career with the Giants, returning to New York to play with the Mets in 1972 and 1973. His last Major League Baseball appearance was during the 1973 World Series against the Oakland A’s.

Mays tied the record for the most All-Star game appearances and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

He is such an icon for the Giants, the plaza surrounding AT&T Park was named Willie Mays Plaza.

The City of San Francisco also dedicated a Cable Car to the Giants’ great on Friday afternoon.

Bay City News contributed to this report


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