Willie Mays

Willie Howard Mays, Jr. nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid", is an American former professional baseball center fielder, who spent all of his 22-season Major League Baseball career playing for the New York/San Francisco Giants, before finishing with the New York Mets. He is regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. Mays won two National League Most Valuable Player awards, ended his career with 660 home runs—third at the time of his retirement and fifth all-time—and won a record-tying 12 Gold Glove awards beginning in 1957, when the award was introduced. Mays shares the record of most All-Star Games played with Hank Aaron and Stan Musial. In appreciation of his All-Star record, Ted Williams said "They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays."Mays' career statistics and his longevity in the pre-performance-enhancing drugs era have drawn speculation that he may be the finest five-tool player and many surveys and expert analyses, which have examined Mays' relative performance, have led to a growing opinion that Mays was the greatest all-around offensive baseball player of all time.

In 1999, Mays placed second on The Sporting News's "List of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players", making him the highest-ranking living player. That year, he was 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, Albert Pujols. Mays hit over 50 home runs in 1955 and 1965, 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. Mays was born in 1931 in Westfield, Alabama, a former black settlement near Fairfield, his father, Cat Mays, was a talented baseball player with the Negro team for the local iron plant. His mother, Annie Satterwhite, was a gifted track star in high school, his parents never married. As a baby, Mays was cared for by his mother's younger sisters Ernestine. Sarah became the primary female role model in Mays' life.

At age 3 Mays' parents separated. Though his mother married, his father took in a set of older orphan girls to help with raising young Willie. Mays always saw these two as his aunts, his father exposed him to baseball at an early age, by the age of five he was playing catch with his father. At age 10, Mays was allowed to sit on the bench of his father's League games. Mays played multiple sports at Fairfield Industrial High School, averaging a then-record 17 points a game in basketball and more than 40 yards a punt in football, while playing quarterback. Mays graduated from Fairfield in 1950. Mays' professional baseball career began in 1947. A short time Mays left the Choo-Choos and returned to his home state to join the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League. Mays helped them win the 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 his excellent fielding and baserunning that made him a standout.

By playing professionally with the Black Barons, Mays jeopardized his opportunities to play high school sports in Alabama. This created some problems for him with high school administrators at Fairfield, who wanted him to help the teams and ticket sales. Over the next several years, a number of major league baseball franchises sent scouts to watch him play; the first was the Boston Braves. The scout who discovered him, Bud Maughn, had been following him for over a year and referred him to the Braves, who packaged a deal that called for $7,500 down and $7,500 in 30 days, they planned to give Mays $6,000. The obstacle in the deal was that Tom Hayes, owner of the Birmingham Black Barons, wanted to keep Mays for the balance of the season. Had the team been able to act more the Braves franchise might have had both Mays and Hank Aaron in their outfield from 1954 to 1973; the Brooklyn Dodgers scouted him and wanted Ray Blades to negotiate a deal, but they were too late. The New York Giants had signed Mays for $4,000 and assigned him to their Class-B affiliate in Trenton, New Jersey.

After Mays batted.353 in Trenton, he began the 1951 season with the class AAA Minneapolis Millers of the American Association. During his short time span in Minneapolis, Mays played with two other future Hall of Famers: Hoyt Wilhelm and Ray Dandridge. Batting.477 in 35 games and playing excellent defense, Mays was called up to the Giants on May 24, 1951. Mays was at a movie theater in Iowa when he found out he was being called up. A message flashed up on the screen that said: "WILLIE MAYS CALL YOUR HOTEL." He appeared in his first major league game the next day in Philadelphia. Mays moved to Harlem, New York, where his mentor was a New York State Boxing Commission official and former Harlem Rens basketball legend "Strangler" Frank Forbes. Mays began his major league career with no hits in his first 12 at bats. On his 13th at-bat, however, he hit a towering home run up and over the left field roof of the Polo Grounds off future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn. Spahn joked, "I'll never forgive myself.

We might have gotten rid of Willie forever if I'd only struck him out." Mays' batting average improved throughout the rest of the season. Although his.274 average, 68 RBI and 20 homers were among the lowest of his career, he still won the 1951 Rookie of the Year Award. During th

Angus MacNeil

Angus Brendan MacNeil is the Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Na h-Eileanan an Iar. MacNeil was educated at Castlebay Secondary School on the island of Barra and the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis before attending Strathclyde University where he played shinty and in 1992 gained a degree in civil engineering. After graduation he worked as a civil engineer for Morrison Construction and as a student reporter for the Gaelic section of BBC Radio Scotland. After qualifying as a teacher at Jordanhill College in 1996, he taught the first Gaelic Medium Class at Salen and Acharacle Primary Schools in Argyll on the Scottish mainland. Unusually, MacNeil is a Roman Catholic representing a Presbyterian parliamentary constituency. After being defeated by the Labour Party's David Stewart in Inverness East and Lochaber at the 2001 general election, he was elected in 2005 for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, gaining the seat from Labour's Calum MacDonald. In March 2006, MacNeil came to attention when he lodged a complaint with the Metropolitan Police regarding the Labour Party Cash for Peerages scandal.

In April 2006, he and former "anti-corruption" MP Martin Bell wrote to prime minister, Tony Blair calling for all appointments to the House of Lords to be suspended in the wake of the scandal. In November 2006 he won the Best Scot at Westminster section of the Scottish Politician of the Year awards for instigating the inquiry into possible abuse of the honours system. On 17 November 2006 MacNeil had the highest bill for travel in 2006–07; this is due to the distance of his constituency from London as well as the dispersed geographical nature of the constituency. He received awards from The Spectator magazine and the Political Studies Society for setting the political agenda in Britain during 2006, he is a member of the editorial board for political monthly Total Politics. MacNeil was re-elected to Parliament in 2010, he has served on a number of parliamentary committees. In June 2015 he was appointed chair of Climate Change Select Committee. Outside of Parliament, he has served as a member of the Advisory Board at Polar Research and Policy Initiative since February 2016.

In July 2019 MacNeil criticized Tory leader candidate Boris Johnson for stating that learning English is essential for immigrants. MacNeil called English a "Germanic import" in contrast to indigenous Celtic languages. In 2007, the Sunday Mail reported MacNeil had "kissed and fondled" two girls aged 17 and 18 in a hotel room while his pregnant wife was in hospital, in 2005. MacNeil said he bitterly regretted the incident and said he was angry it had diverted attention from the "substantial political issues" he had been pursuing. In a statement, MacNeil 36, apologised for the "embarrassment and hurt" caused to his family by his actions. In May 2016, MacNeil and his wife announced. Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard Voting record at Public Whip Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou Articles authored at Journalisted Western Isles SNP SNP profile STV News profile Guardian articles by Angus MacNeil

Ioannis Altamouras

Ioannis Altamouras was an outstanding Greek painter of the 19th century famous for his paintings of seascapes. Altamouras's father was the Italian painter Francesco Saverio Altamura and his mother was the aristocrat and first Greek female painter from Spetses Eleni Boukoura-Altamoura; when Altamouras was seven years old, his father abandoned the family. His mother took him along with his sister Sophia and moved to Athens. From an early age, Ioannis exhibited his artistic skills in painting, he was accepted to the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he studied painting along with Nikiphoros Lytras during the years 1871–1872. With a scholarship of King George II, he was able to continue his studies in Copenhagen from 1873 to 1876 near Carl Frederik Sørensen. In 1875 and while he was still in Copenhagen, he was sent to the artistic competition of Olympion in Athens with his painting The port of Copenhagen which won the second award, he returned to Athens where he opened his own painting atelier while his fame and reputation was expanding.

He died from tuberculosis at the age of 26. His death led his mother to subsequent madness. Despite his early death, Altamouras left a number of outstanding paintings small-scale. In particular, his seascape paintings that he exclusively produced are considered equal to the works of another great Greek painter of seascapes, Konstantinos Volanakis. In 1878, the year of his death, two of his works were presented at the International Exhibition of Paris; the latter was presented at the Exhibition of the Sacred Battle of 1821 at the Athens Polytechnic in 1884. Another of his seascape paintings was presented at the International Exhibition of Rome in 1911. Art critics have attributed his work to the Munich School Greek art movement, his marine scenes show the influence of French plein-air painting. The vivid light, the bright blues, greens and greys, the open horizons and the motion in his works show that he was discarding the strict perfection of academic realism and favouring more impressionism. Many of his works are today exhibited at the National Gallery of Athens and other museums and institutions in Greece.

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