'Say Hey Kid' Willie Mays celebrated at Harlem street renaming

Giants center fielder Willie Mays gets under a 450-foot blast off the bat of Indians 1B Vic Wertz on Sept. 29, 1954 in Game 1 of the World Series at the Polo Grounds. (AP Photo/File)

"Say Hey" was the phrase of the day in Harlem Friday, as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Willie Mays, was celebrated for his life and contribution to New York.

Now, the northeast corner of 155th Street and Harlem River Drive will be known as Willie Mays Drive.

The unveiling of the street sign was held just a short distance away from the Polo Grounds, where Mays made center field his home. The day also honored the 63rd anniversary of "The Catch," considered by many as the greatest baseball catch ever made.

Mays' son Michael accepted a proclamation from the New York State Assembly during the ceremony

Willie Mays lived and played in in Harlem before the Giants left for the west coast. He remains with the Giants organization in San Francisco and still attends most of the games.

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