THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The legendary Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field in this reflective and inspirational memoir.
"Even if, like me, you thought you had pretty much read and heard all there was to read and hear about Willie Mays, this warmhearted book will inform and reward you. And besides, what true baseball fan can ever get enough of Willie Mays? Say Hey! Read on and enjoy." -From the Foreword by Bob Costas
"It's because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for President." -President Barack Obama
Widely regarded as the greatest all-around player in baseball history because of his unparalleled hitting, defense and baserunning, the beloved Willie Mays offers people of all ages his lifetime of experience meeting challenges with positivity, integrity and triumph in 24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid.
Presented in 24 chapters to correspond with his universally recognized uniform number, Willie's memoir provides more than the story of his role in America's pastime. This is the story of a man who values family and community, engages in charitable causes especially involving children and follows a philosophy that encourages hope, hard work and the fulfillment of dreams.
"I was very lucky when I was a child. My family took care of me and made sure I was in early at night. I didn't get in trouble. My father made sure that I didn't do the wrong thing. I've always had a special place in my heart for children and their well-being, and John Shea and I got the idea that we should do something for the kids and the fathers and the mothers, and that's why this book is being published. We want to reach out to all generations and backgrounds. Hopefully, these stories and lessons will inspire people in a positive way." -Willie Mays
Chapter 1. Set an Example: The Story of 24
Chapter 2. Play Catch With Your Dad: The Story of Willie Howard Mays Sr.
Chapter 3. Remember Your History: The Story of the Birmingham Black Barons
Chapter 4. Take on a Challenge: The Story of Breaking Down Barriers
Chapter 5. Honor Your Mentors: The Story of Leo Durocher and Monte Irvin
Chapter 6. Act Like You've Been There Before: The Story of a Unique Style
Chapter 7. Keep Your Eye on the Ball: The Story of the Catch
Chapter 8. Honor Your Peers: The Story of Willie, Mickey, and the Duke
Chapter 9. When Life Throws You a Curve, Go With the Pitch: The Story of the Polo Grounds
Chapter 10. Give it All You've Got: The Story of a Four-Homer Day
Chapter 11. Life and Baseball Aren't Fair: The Story of a Game of Inches
Chapter 12. Never Give Up: The Story of a 16-Inning Classic
Chapter 13. Have Fun On the Job: The Story of All-Star Pride
Chapter 14. Your Foe Can Be Your Friend: The Story of a Heated Rivalry
Chapter 15. You Can Go Home Again: The Story of a Return to New York
Chapter 16. Strive for Excellence: The Story of 1,415 Home Runs
Chapter 17. Respect Everyone Like Your Teammate: The Story of the Absurdity of Racism
Chapter 18. Follow Your Dreams: The Story of a Kinship with Barack Obama
Chapter 19. Benefit from Versatility: The Story of a Five-Tool Player
Chapter 20. Embrace the Mental game: The Story of the Sixth Tool
Chapter 21. It's Not All About the Numbers: The Story of Life Beyond 660
Chapter 22. Have Each Other's Back: The Story of a Good Friend's Son
Chapter 23. Stay Young At Heart: The Story of Three World Series Rings
Chapter 24. Make A New Friend: The Story of a Love Affair with Fans