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Never-Seen Photos: Willie Mays

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With all due respect to Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, and even Babe Ruth, Willie Mays was the greatest all-around player baseball's ever seen. The epitome of the "five tool" threat -- he could run, throw, field, hit for average and with astonishing power -- Mays bedeviled opponents and thrilled fans for more than two decades. Here, on the 60th anniversary of his May 25th, 1951 major league debut, LIFE.com presents previously unpublished photos of Mays by Loomis Dean, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Ralph Morse from the '50s and '60s -- an era when the Say Hey Kid's preternatural talent and infectious joy on the diamond provided millions with one more giant reason to love the game.

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