Saturday, May 7, 2011

Willie Mays celebrates 80th birthday

From San Francisco-

Not since Jerry Rice grabbed touchdown passes from Joe Montana and Steve Young has the No. 80 been more popular with San Francisco fans than it was Friday night at AT&T Park.

Before the Rockies-Giants game, the franchise hosted an 80th birthday celebration for the definitive No. 24, Willie Mays.

The fans wore orange birthday caps, the diamond was filled with Mays' former teammates from the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues and from the Giants, there were video tributes from Commissioner Bud Selig, Hank Aaron, Tony Bennett and former President Bill Clinton, and emcee Jon Miller read a letter to Mays from President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

Bill Cosby, also via the video board, led a toast to the man who hit 660 home runs, and public-address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon got the crowd to sing "Happy Birthday" to the Say Hey Kid.

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