Obama praises Mays, Robinson on Mays' 90th birthday
Statue of Willie Mays outside of Oracle Park. Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Barack Obama praises Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson on Mays' 90th birthday

Hall of Famer and baseball royalty Willie Mays, "The Say Hey Kid," turned 90 years old on Thursday and was honored by MLB , clubs and fans. President Barack Obama is arguably the most famous individual to send his best wishes, and he also thanked Jackie Robinson, who famously broke MLB's color barrier in 1947.

Last July, Dan D'Addona of the Holland Sentinel wrote that Mays "was the first Black superstar in the game after Jackie Robinson, and was more beloved than Robinson." Mays earned 24 All-Star nods, two Most Valuable Player Awards and one World Series championship during his historic career. He also completed what remains the most well-known catch of any made in a Fall Classic game back in 1954:

President Obama honored Mays with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2015: 

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