||In this authorized biography of one of baseball's most legendary stars, James S. Hirsch exhausts his store of laudatory phrases in describing the amazing athletic prowess of "The Say Hey Kid," Willie Mays. Though Hirsch visits upon Mays's childhood in the segregated South, his military service, and his life after baseball, the bulk of the narrative is devoted to Mays's superlative exploits on the baseball diamond. Mays's career numbers are staggering--660 home runs, 3200 hits, 1900 RBIs, 2000 runs scored, 300 stolen bases, 12 Golden Glove awards, 24 All-Star appearances--but Hirsch's eloquent descriptions of his finest on-field moments, including a stirring depiction of "The Catch" in the 1954 World Series, remind us that Mays's greatness is best captured by poetry, rather than statistics. Hirsch has done baseball fans a tremendous service with this terrific chronicle of the history and the ability of Willie Mays, who remains the consensus choice as the greatest all-around player of all-time. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2010.