Baseball’s Sweetest Song: Willie Mays, Forever Young, is 90
Willie Mays is turning 90, and no mistaking that number. The great Giants center fielder played in a sport measured by milestones. And now here’s one more. On Thursday, baseball’s oldest living Hall of Famer will be serenaded with renditions of “Happy Birthday to You.” But it might be time to expand the playlist. A player of infinite variety deserves as much. There’s plenty to choose from. Musical references to Mays cut across the years and genres —rock, pop, folk, rap, hip hop. Just about everyone saw something in Mays. Maybe it was the way he dashed around the bases, his cap flying. Or the slashing hits to all fields.