Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 8/7/13
1973 TOPPS WILLIE MAYS I’m glad I got to see Willie Mays play for the Mets. Yeah, yeah I know – he looks to be a senior citizen in this card and all anyone talks about in regards to his career with the Mets is that he fell down in the World Series. But in his first 53 games with the Mets, Mays went .283/.432/.467 for an .899 OPS. He finished the1972 season with an .848 OPS with New York, which was good for a 145 OPS+. Let that number sink in for a second. Everyone marvels about Marlon Byrd putting up a 132 OPS+ this year. If in 2018 Byrd can add 13 points to his OPS+, he’ll match what Mays did with the Mets in ‘72. Mays was still great – he just needed more days off at age 41 then Yogi Berra and the Mets were willing to give him. Baseball is a grind and one of the ways that players have dealt with that historically was to use amphetamines. This drug, often referred to by various nicknames – most notably “Greenies,” was not banned by MLB during the time Mays was active, bu...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Clippers set new low bar for NBA playoff futility

Rendon becomes 13th player with 10 RBI in single game

LaVar Ball says he had no role in firing of sons' HS coach

Manziel not planning bachelor party, focused on NFL comeback

Bills owner struggles to answer question about competency

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Olynk cracks funny joke about Thomas' missing tooth

NFL exec: Bears GM Ryan Pace 'just got fired with this draft'

John Elway consulted Jim Kelly before drafting nephew Chad

McCloughan a possible candidate for Bills' GM vacancy?

Rockies-Diamondbacks game included a broken-bat homer and the longest homer of 2017

Report: Texans wouldn’t take Jay Cutler’s calls

Getaway Day: The Nationals may be a bonafide powerhouse

NBA playoffs: Rivalries to rematches, stories to follow in the second round

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Rendon becomes 13th player with 10 RBI in single game

Getaway Day: Nats may be a bonafide powerhouse

NBA playoffs: Rivalries to rematches, stories to follow in the second round

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker