Willie Mays Adds to Opening Night Excitement

PRESS RELEASE – At Wednesday’s BayBears Pepsi Monthly Media Luncheon, Mobile BayBears President/COO Bill Shanahan announced that the iconic Willie Mays will join the already-impressive list of dignitaries and Baseball Hall of Famers that will attend the Grand Opening of the Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum on Wednesday, April 14 at Hank Aaron Stadium.

Mays, who spent 22 seasons in the major leagues and ended up with 660 career home runs, has long been considered the greatest center fielder of all-time and shares the distinction with Aaron himself as the game’s greatest living player.

Mays, a two-time National League MVP, earned 12 Gold Glove awards and appeared in 24 All-Star Games. His most famed moment is perhaps the over-the-shoulder catch he made in deep center field during the 1954 World Series.

Mays will join fellow Hall of Famers Aaron, Bob Feller, Rickey Henderson, Bruce Sutter and Mobile’s own Ozzie Smith at the Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum Grand Opening prior to the BayBears’ home opener against the Birmingham Barons.

Also in attendance will be Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner, Southern League President Don Mincher and National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.

Tickets are on sale now at the Hank Aaron Stadium box office or on the BayBears’ website, http://www.mobilebaybears.com. For more information on the Mobile BayBears Professional Baseball Club, please call (251) 479-2327 (BEAR) or visit http://www.mobilebaybears.com.

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