Headline »

September 12, 2014 – 9:07 am | Comments Off

With the closing down of active coverage for CornbeltBaseball.com, we are making the site and domain available. If you’re interested in acquiring this site, please drop me a note at [email protected]

Print Friendly
Read the full story »
Umpires

Finding, hiring, and working with umpires...and stories about umpires and umpiring.

Teams/Organizations

school teams, travel teams, recreational leagues, conferences, organizations

Keeping up with...

Former area residents furthering their baseball careers elsewhere

In the News

What's happening in the world of baseball

Fields & Equipment

Fields, parks, stadiums, and sandlots; gloves, balls, bats, uniforms, and lawn mowers

Home » History

The historic signing of Willie Mays revealed – MLB – Yahoo! Sports

Submitted by on June 21, 2010 – 9:19 pm

Okay, baseball fans, get your wallet out and head to Amazon, because the book that this story is based on sounds like a must-read.

Editor’s note: Sixty years ago Monday 19-year-old Willie Mays of the Birmingham Barons was signed by the New York Giants. The circumstances that led to the Giants discovering the future Hall-of-Famer provide a previously untold glimpse into the wild-west mentality that prevailed among scouts and major league teams combing the already declining Negro League for talent.

When the New York Giants signed Willie Mays, they paid his Negro Leagues team $10,000. Mays got only $4,000. When the Giants scouted Mays, they feigned interest in another player to hide their affection with him. Everything about Mays’ courtship seems so foreign today, starting with the method by which the deal was completed.

A Western Union telegram arrived at the Memphis office of Tom Hayes at 9:53 a.m. June 21, 1950. Hayes had made his fortune in the mortuary business, but he was about to give life to one of the greatest careers in baseball history.

read the entire article here:  via The historic signing of Willie Mays revealed – MLB – Yahoo! Sports.

Print Friendly

Tags:

Leave a comment!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also Comments Feed via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> 

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.

UA-6863871-2