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1The correct name of my person is Willie Howard Mays Jr 2His nickname was The Say Hey Kid 3Mays was born May 6 1931 4He was born in Westfield Alabama just outside the major city of Birmingham 5The names of his parents were not known but his fathers nickname was Kitty Kat 6He was the oldest of twelve in his family 7The name of the town he lived in as a child was called Westfield 8Both Mr and Mrs Mays were athletic Mr Mays played baseball on the all-black teams of the segregated south as had his father before him Mrs Mays had been a champion sprinter in her school When he was growing up his father worked in a steel mill and played on a semi-professional team sponsored by the mill He began teaching young Mays to catch a ball even before he could walk By 14 he had joined his father on the mill team 9His high school had no baseball team so he played basketball and football but before he finished high school it became clear that baseball would be his career 10No information given 11He graduated high school in 1950 No information given on the name of the school 12No information given 13No information given 14No information given 15This promising career of a professional baseball player was briefly interrupted when Mays was drafted into the Army His team failed to win the pennant during the two seasons he was absent but he returned to the Giants in 1954 to lead them into the World Series against the Cleveland Indians Other than that he never had to work 16He lived in many different areas because he played baseball Westfield near Birmingham was the place where he grew up in Alabama He was moved from Trenton New Jersey to New York City also Mays had traveled from Chattanooga Memphis and had been through all parts of the country In New York he had
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