Photo by Ben Margot/AP
Photo by Ben Margot/AP

When it comes to longevity as a major league baseball player, it’s hard to beat Willie Mays. The Hall of Fame outfielder won Rookie of the Year honors in 1951 … and played in the World Series in 1973. With so many accomplishments in between.

When it comes to longevity as a human being, Mays’ list of accomplishments is pretty lengthy as well, as Wednesday marks his 89th birthday. 

It seems like an appropriate time to reflect on Mays’ place in history – and ponder the question: Is he Major League Baseball’s greatest living player? Here are one writer’s top five candidates.

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