A Birthday Gift for One of the Greats — Willie Mays

Associated Press

If there’s a better 85th birthday gift than getting a cable car dedicated to you, Willie Mays couldn’t tell you.

The “Say Hey Kid,” who spent his 22-season, 2,900 game career as an outfielder for the New York, then San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets, was tickled to know that his number — 24, which was retired by the Giants, is being attached to one of the cars in San Francisco, reports.

“A lot of people have done a lot of good things for me,” the Hall of Famer said Thursday, the evening before the car was dedicated to him.

Of course, San Francisco loves him and they just wanted to show a token of their thanks for bringing his baseball greatness to them.

“Like San Francisco cable cars, the legend of Willie Mays is iconic,” said Ed Reiskin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. “While it may not move as fast as Mr. Mays, cable car 24 will forever pay tribute to the ‘Say Hey Kid’ as it climbs San Francisco’s majestic hills.”

Of course we’re gushing a bit, but we love Willie Mays, too, because darn it, he’s one of the greatest baseball players in history.

So here’s one of the many things that makes us all so crazy about him.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Mays!