Mays helped them win their pennant and advance to the 1948 Negro League World Series, where they lost the series 4-1 to the Homestead Grays.Mays hit a respectable .262 for the season, but it was also his excellent fielding and baserunning that made him a standout.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility.
Mays won two National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards and shares the record of most All-Star Games played (24) with Hank Aaron and Stan Musial.
Mays ended his career with 660 home runs, third at the time of his retirement, and currently fifth all-time.
He also won a record-tying 12 Gold Glove awards beginning in 1957 when the award was introduced.
Mays' career statistics and longevity in the pre-PED era, recent acknowledgements of Mays as perhaps the finest five-tool player ever, and the overwhelming consensus of many surveys and other expert analyses carefully examining Mays' relative performance have led to a growing opinion that Mays was possibly the greatest all-around baseball player of all time.s "List of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players", making him the highest-ranking living player.
Later that year, he was also elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Mays is one of five National League players to have had eight consecutive 100-RBI seasons, along with Mel Ott, Sammy Sosa, Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols.
Mays hit over 50 home runs in 19, representing the longest time span between 50-plus home run seasons for any player in Major League Baseball history.
His final Major League Baseball appearance came on October 16 during Game 3 of the 1973 World Series.