April 27, 2014
GIs, NOT PEDs:
Willie Mays recalls 1954 World Series (John Shea, April 26, 2014, SF Gate)
Mays dropped this line, almost in passing: "If I hadn't been in the service two years, I would've gotten to the Babe without any problem. But you had to go serve your country."Mays has said many times he has no regrets and was proud to be in the Army and proud of his playing career.He finished with 660 homers, 54 fewer than Babe Ruth hit. Mays hit a total of 92 homers in '54 and '55, so it's realistic to suggest 714 would have been reachable, as it could have been for Ted Williams, who hit 521 homers despite missing nearly five full seasons serving in the military.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2014 6:01 AM