SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

Willie Mays will not attend Negro League tribute at Rickwood Field

Jun 18, 2024, 7:41 AM | Updated: 7:43 am

NEW YORK - JANURARY 21: Willie Mays visits PS 46 in Harlem, next to the site of the former Polo Gro...

(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

Willie Mays will not attend Thursday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals that will honor him and the Negro Leagues, according to a statement he made Monday to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The former Giants great, 93, started his career with the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues before joining the San Francisco Giants in 1951 in a Major League career that lasted more than two decades.

“I’m not able to get to Birmingham this year but will follow the game back here in the Bay Area,” Mays said in the statement. “My heart will be with all of you who are honoring the Negro League ballplayers, who should always be remembered, including all my teammates on the Black Barons.”

One of the greatest to ever play the game, Mays hit 660 home runs, scored 2,068 runs and notched 3,293 hits while winning one World Series with the Giants (1954). He’s a 24-time All-Star and earned National League MVP titles in 1954 and 1965.

More on the Giants vs. Cardinals game at Rickwood Field

Thursday’s game between the Giants and Cardinals in Alabama is part of a collaboration between MLB and the nonprofit group Friends of Rickwood to renovate Rickwood Field, the oldest professional ballpark in the United States while celebrating the history of the Negro Leagues. The 114-year-old park was home to the Barons from 1924 to 1960.

All former Negro League players have been invited to attend Thursday’s game, and 60 players are reportedly expected to attend the first-ever MLB game played in Alabama.

“I wanted to thank Major League Baseball, the Giants, the Cardinals and all the fans who’ll be at Rickwood or watching the game,” Mays said in his statement. “It’ll be a special day, and I hope the kids will enjoy it and be inspired by it.”

–Field Level Media

Upcoming schedule for the San Francisco Giants

  • Monday, June 17th-Wednesday, June 19th – @ Chicago Cubs
  • Thursday, June 20th-Sunday, June 23rd – @ St. Louis Cardinals
  • Monday, June 24th-Thursday, June 27th – vs. Chicago Cubs
  • Friday, June 28th-Sunday, June 30th – vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Tuesday, July 2nd-Thursday, July 4th – @ Atlanta Braves

Thank you for reading SactownSports.com. Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Newsletter

San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 5: Robbie Ray (23) of the San Francisco Giants is introduced duri...

Frankie Cartoscelli

Robbie Ray to debut for SF Giants this week

2021 American League Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray will make his season debut for the San Francisco Giants this week.

2 hours ago

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 22: LaMonte Wade Jr. #31 of the San Francisco Giants dives safely to...

Field Level Media

Giants look to answer Hernandez, Dodgers as series continues

The San Francisco Giants will look to get back into the win column against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

3 hours ago

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 22: Teoscar Hernández #37 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home ru...

Field Level Media

Teoscar Hernandez knocks in three as Dodgers down Giants

Teoscar Hernandez drove in all three Dodgers runs during the a 3-2 LA Dodgers victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants on Monday.

4 hours ago

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 3: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides home to scor...

Field Level Media

SF Giants to face Dodgers in four-game series

The San Francisco Giants will begin a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

1 day ago

DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 21: Hayden Birdsong #60 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first in...

Field Level Media

Birdsong fans 12 as Giants beat Rockies

The San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 in Denver on Sunday behind an electric start from rookie Hayden Birdsong.

1 day ago

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 13: Hayden Birdsong #60 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the...

Field Level Media

Giants’ Hayden Birdsong looks to make impression vs. Rockies

Hayden Birdsong and the San Francisco Giants will look to get back into the win column on Sunday vs. the Colorado Rockies.

2 days ago

Willie Mays will not attend Negro League tribute at Rickwood Field