Willie Mays Love Letter to Gladys Cofield is a Must-Read

Once upon a time in the 1950s, Willie Mays had a beauty queen for a girlfriend.  Willie loved the young lady, Miss Gladys Cofield, very much.  As the Say Hey Kid traveled the country playing ball, he would receive letters and pictures from his love interest.  Occasionally, Mays would respond with a letter of his own.  It would appear Willie had a bit of a tough time with the writing part of it, so that is probably why he rarely wrote Cofield.  Oh yeah, and he was kind of lacking in the game department too.  Check out Willie Mays’ love letter to Gladys Cofield, courtesy of Deadspin.  Click the image to enlarge the original letter.  Check below the original letter for Deadspin’s transcript of it.



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Joe Buck Cites Willie Mays ‘Interview’ from Wall Street Journal that Never Happened

FOX MLB announcer Joe Buck was providing commentary during the All-Star Game about several players skipping the Midsummer Classic. Buck was obviously dissatisfied that so many players elected not to partake in the game, so he cited a quote from Willie Mays that would seem to disparage the absent players.

“You talk about Stan Musial being a 24-time All-Star. He is tied with Willie Mays for the top spot, and Hank Aaron,” Buck prefaced before diving into the story.

“Willie Mays had some interesting quotes today in the Wall Street Journal with regard to guys not showing up for this All-Star Game. He said ‘I was rewarded 24 times as an All-Star, and I went 24 times. It’s not jury duty, guys should show up.'”

Those were some pretty powerful words from Mays, and something I hadn’t heard all day. First, I was wondering how I hadn’t heard about this quote earlier in the day. Secondly, I thought to myself “since when does the Wall Street Journal score MLB interviews with Hall of Famers?” And third, I went to find the story so I could write about it here at LBS.

One problem.

When I found the article and actually read it, I knew why I hadn’t heard about the “quotes” much less the “interview.” It’s because Willie Mays was not interviewed and he never made those remarks. Follow me here.

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