Welcome to the 50's world
of sports. A couple of the greatest players of the 50's were Willie
Mays and Bob Cousy. Also, Mays was one of the greatest players in
the history of baseball.
all started on May 6, 1931. A young boy named Willie Mays was born
in Fairfield, California. But no one knew that this little boy would
change the world forever. In 1951, Mays entered the major league
baseball organization at the age of 20. He was a player on the San
Francisco Giants baseball team. Willie proved to America in only
his first year that he was definitely a great player. He won the
"Rookie of the Year" award with 20 homeruns, 68 Runs Batted In (RBI's),
and great fielding. Then, in 1954, the "Say Hey Kid" (Mays's nickname)
led the Giants to a World Championship. He also won the MVP (Most
Valuable Player) with 41 homers, 110 RBI's, and a .345 batting average.
After many more years of spectacular play, Mays retired in 1973.
Over his career, the "Say Hey Kid" had 660 homeruns, one batting title,
two MVP Awards, 24 All-Star Game appearances, and four World Series appearances.
He led the league four times, each in home-runs and stolen bases.
He was also one of the best defensive players the game has ever seen.
Without a doubt, Willie Mays was one of the greatest athletes in the world.
Bob Cousy was
definately one of the greatest players in the 1950's. He was born
on August 9, 1928. Cousy grew up to play in the NBA for the Boston
Celtics from 1950-1963. He was one of the best guards the game ever
saw. During his career, Bob Cousy led his team to six championships
including five in a row from 1959 to 1963. Also during that time,
the "Houdini of the Hardwood" as they sometimes call Cousy, led the
team by assists eight times, made ten all-star appearences, and won the
MVP Award in 1957. This was also the year he won his first championship.
After Cousy's playing career, he became a college basketball coach and
a sports broadcaster. He was also named to the Basketball Hall
of Fame in 1970. As you can see, Bob Cousy was one of the best
athletes America has ever seen.