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The 'Say Hey Kid' turns 80

Nearly 40 years after his final game, Willie Mays' superstar legacy has endured

Originally Published: May 6, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

The words reverberate, vibrating noisily like a quarter sitting atop a spinning washing machine, rattling and demanding acceptance from those who wince at how quickly time goes, how easily it takes things away. Even the famous nickname -- the "Say Hey Kid" -- stands stubborn, unbelieving of a single sentence that holds and hangs for everyone who identified through him a life full of possibility instead of memory: Willie Mays is 80.

Age and time eat away at the body of a baseball player ...

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