Sport: Willie's Farewell

Mays is now in the chips

"Willie, say goodbye to America." With those words, Willie Mays ended his active baseball career six years ago. For 20 seasons with the Giants and two with the Mets, he had played the game with consummate skill and boundless joy. Under a $50,000-a-year contract with the Mets, Mays remained a goodwill ambassador for baseball, making publicity appearances and occasionally tutoring young hitters in the Mets' farm system. This summer he was inducted into the Hall of Fame after receiving more votes for baseball's highest honor than any other player in history.

Last week, however, Baseball Commissioner Bowie...

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