“Willie Mays at home in Harlem with his landlady, Mrs. Ann Goosby, in 1954. A profile of Mays published that year in LIFE pointed out that Mrs. Goosby ‘cooks his meals, keeps his clothes clean and generally takes care of’ the young star.” Take a moment to consider that in 1954, Mays won the National League Most Valuable Player award for a season in which he hit 41 HR, drove in 110 RBIs and hit .345. It’s also the year he made perhaps the most iconic catch in baseball history (referred to as simply “The Catch”), when his amazing over-the-shoulder grab of a Vic Wertz drive helped the New York Giants capture the first game of the 1954 World Series, which the Giants eventually swept from the Cleveland Indians. 1954 also marked Mays’ return to baseball from a nearly two-year long stint in the U.S. Army. In 1954, Mays earned $12,500.
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