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Willie Mays' Birthday: SF to Dedicate Cable Car 24

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    FILE: Former San Francisco Giants player Willie Mays during a ceremony to award Buster Posey the National League MVP trophy before a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in San Francisco.

    San Francisco was set to celebrate the 85th birthday of baseball great Willie Mays on Friday by dedicating a cable car to him.

    Mays was set to appear before city officials Friday afternoon as they dedicate Muni’s cable car 24 to him at the city’s Cable Car Museum, 1201 Mason St.

    City officials chose that cable car because 24 was his uniform number.

    At the ceremony, city officials, along with officials from Muni and the San Francisco Giants, will unveil a plaque dedicated to Mays. The plaque will then be mounted onto the cable car, according to Muni officials.

    In 1951, Mays became the star rookie of the New York Giants, winning a World Series with them in 1954. When the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958, Mays achieved even wider recognition.

    During his 22-season career, Mays tied the record for the most All-Star game appearances, hit 660 home runs and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. 

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