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MLB Pays Tribute to Negro Leagues, Says Goodbye to Willie Mays

“I’m telling you, I feel him all around here,” Mays’ son Michael said before first pitch. SI's Tom Verducci described the scene at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Ala., as a "Smithsonian kind of night" where Mays ceded the stage to his Negro League brethren just 48 hours after his death. Here’s more on the game between the Giants and Cardinals and tribute to the Negro Leagues that doubled as a memorial to the Say Hey Kid. Plus, why Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson said “coming back here is not easy."

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    Fateful moments connect past, Present at Rickwood

    "Missing man formation" one of many stirring tributes to Mays.

    Willie Mays’s Presence Looms Large Over Rickwood

    Willie Mays’s Presence Looms Large Over Rickwood

    MLB’s tribute game between the Cardinals and Giants featured plenty of fateful moments, connecting the present to the venue’s storied …

    Jackson Describes Racism Of 1960s Birmingham

    Rickwood Field, where Mays once played as a teen, shines on historic, bittersweet night.

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