Willie Mays Returns To Hagerstown Today

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The "Say Hey" kid is returning to Hagerstown. Willie Mays is scheduled to visit Monday the town he once called the worst place he ever played. It was also the first place he ever played professional baseball. Mays will be the guest of honor at a private reception and then will appear at Municipal Stadium before the start of Monday night's Hagerstown Suns minor league game. Mays had just joined the visiting Trenton, New Jersey, team in 1950 when he played his first pro game in Hagerstown. In his autobiography, he said he was the target of catcalls and racial slurs from the Hagerstown crowd. At the time, Hagerstown was still segregated and Mays had to stay at a black hotel. Mays now works in the front office with the San Francisco Giants - the parent club of the Class-A Suns. Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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