‘Willie Mays Day’ in Richmond set for May 21

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‘Willie Mays Day’ in Richmond set for May 21
Willie Mays (Photo courtesy of the City of Richmond)

By Kathy Chouteau

The City of Richmond wants to take everyone out to the ball game Sat., May 21, when it will celebrate Willie Mays Day at Nicholl Park, 3230 Macdonald Ave, Richmond.

At 11 a.m. that Saturday, a celebration will mark the renaming of one of the park’s baseball diamonds after “The Say Hey Kid,” Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays. The baseball legend participated in Richmond’s Annual March of Dimes at Nicholl Park during the 1960s and 1970s to help youth in need, according to the Richmond City Manager’s report.

Also as part of the Willie Mays Day celebration, a parade will happen at 10 a.m. and a youth baseball exhibition game will take place at 12 p.m. No word yet if Mr. Mays will join the event. More details will be forthcoming, per the City.

On March 1st, the Richmond City Council voted to rename a Nicholl Park baseball diamond after Willie Mays, noting his past work with youth there in Richmond. Questions? Contact Recreation at 510-620-6793 or email [email protected].