One of the hobbies I've recently taken up is sifting through old newspaper archives on Google; which is weird, because I'm generally not too captivated by history. Anyway, I find it fascinating as a means for seeing how certain events (baseball events, that is) were viewed at the time. You can sort of get an inside look, beyond what the numbers (years later) tell you.I've stumbled upon quite a few interesting articles recently, but one of them especially captivated me. It was an article published by the Sarasota Journal on June 10, 1952, entitled "Absence of Willie Mays Caused Giants to Decline". First, a little background information...Willie Mays made his major-league debut in May of 1951, and didn't disappoint from that point forward, hitting .274/.356/.472 over the course of his...

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