Mays, Willie, 1931-
"American professional baseball player who was exceptional at both batting and fielding. [He] played semiprofessional baseball when he was 16 years old and joined the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro National League in 1948, playing only on Sunday during the school year. The National League New York Giants paid the Barons for his contract when he graduated from Fairfield Industrial High School in 1950. After two seasons in the minor leagues, Mays went to the Giants in 1951."--Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.