Willie Mays, 1954

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Willie Mays, 1954

Not published in LIFE. Willie Mays, 1954. “Joe Louis, [violinist] Jascha Heifetz, Sammy Davis Jr., and [Hall of Fame race horse] Nashua rolled into one.” — Leo Durocher, trying to sum up the scope of Mays’ talents

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