Mays was the best option Berra had because Mays was the best defensive outfielder the Mets had in 1973... …before Mays got hurt. Mays range factor when playing the outfield that year was 2.33 against a league range factor of 1.96. Bobby Bonds, Cesar Cedeno, and Willie Davis won the gold gloves in the National League that year. Their range numbers follow:
Bobby Bonds – 2.27
Cesar Cedeno -2.70
Willie Davis – 2.40
RF leaves a lot to be desired when evaluating defense, but Mays raw defensive stats stand up as well
Did he misplay the balls in the sun…yes. Look bad, yes. I’m sure I don’t need to remind anyone that Mays had the game winning hit off a pretty good pitcher named Rollie Fingers later in the same game witth men on 1st and 3rd with two outs.
''A sport without black people ain't a sport. That's just a game!... That's like me saying, 'Ooh, I got the highest SAT score in the whole world, but no Asians took the test.' What kind of crap is that? 'I just won the marathon. No Kenyans could run, though!'''