"I realized that I was a pioneer, for not only was I the first black player on the team – I was the first in the entire league.”Say Hey, The Autobiography of Willie Mays with Lou Sahadi
Willie Mays, my childhood hero, is returning to Hagerstown, the town in Maryland’s panhandle where he made his professional debut 54 years ago. Mays was 19 when he took the long train ride from Birmingham to Hagerstown for his first game with Trenton, the Giants Class B affiliate in the Interstate League.
The Hagerstown Suns, the Giants A affiliate since 2000 and a farm stop since 1915, are hosting a “Willie Mays Welcome Reception” on August 9th at the Clarion Hotel in Hagerstown. Details are available at the Suns website.