Can it be so? Surely not. But look at the calendar and do the arithmetic. It’s true. Willie Mays is 85 years old today. Willie Mays! He was born on May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama.
I hope Willie is doing well and wearing his years comfortably. They’re making a bit of a fuss about the anniversary, as well they should, in San Francisco, where Willie played most of his 22 Major League seasons (would have been 24 save for the two years Willie served in the Army). As the news gets out, I’m confident baseball fans everywhere will take a moment to celebrate this elegant athlete.