Willie Mays

Alex Rodriguez takes a curtain call after hitting his 661st career home run at Yankee Stadium on May 7, 2015. A-Rod passed Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time HRs list. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

WATCH: A-Rod Takes Curtain Call After 661st Home Run

Alex Rodriguez wishes he could personally thank every fan after hitting the homer that put him in sole possession of fourth place on the all-time list: “It’s certainly fueling the way I’m playing.”


NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits his 661st home run against Chris Tillman #30 of the Baltimore Orioles in the third inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on May 7, 2015 in New York City. Rodriguez passed Willy Mays for fourth most home runs in Major League Baseball.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

A-Rod Slams No. 661, Passes Mays For 4th On Career Homer List

Alex Rodriguez has passed Willie Mays for fourth place on the career homer list, connecting for No. 661 Thursday night an at-bat after he was robbed of the milestone drive by a leaping catch.


John F. Kennedy Jr (L) is seen with Mets baseball player Willie Mays at Shea Stadium in New York 03 June 1972. (credit: JERRY SISKIND/AFP/GettyImages)

Happy Birthday To ‘The Say Hey Kid’: Willie Mays’ Top 5 Moments

Today, the Say Hey Kid turns 84 years old. Let’s take a look at his best moments.


BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Alex Rodriguez #13 hits 660th career home run to tie Willie Mays record during a game with Boston Red Sox in the 8th inning at Fenway Park May 1, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

A-Rod Hits 660th Homer, Ties Mays For 4th On All-Time List

Homer 660 was hit nearly five years after Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 600 – on Aug. 4, 2010.


A-Rod (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images), Willie Mays (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Say Hey, How Should We Feel About A-Rod’s Pursuit Of Mays?

It’s a big deal because it’s Willie Mays. And because it’s Alex Rodriguez. And because it’s never been done before. Not like this, anyway.


Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run, No. 659 of his career, in the first inning against the New York Mets on April 26, 2015 at Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

A-Rod Hits Home Run No. 659, Moves Within 1 Of Mays

During his surprisingly powerful start to this season, the Yankees have virtually ignored the disgraced slugger’s pursuit of Willie Mays.


ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 17:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 17, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

A-Rod Provides The Power As Yanks Edge Rays 5-4

Alex Rodriguez inched closer to Willie Mays with two more home runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Friday night.


Alex Rodriguez waits to take batting practice before the start of the Yankees-Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Yankees Not Listing A-Rod HRs On ‘Upcoming Milestones’ Handout

It’s expected that the Yankees will fight a series of bonuses due to Alex Rodriguez by ignoring the milestones. If that’s the plan, they’re sticking to it.


Alex Rodriguez follows through on a sixth-inning home run against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on April 9, 2015. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

A-Rod Launches 655th Home Run, First Since 2013

Alex Rodriguez tossed his bat aside and rounded the bases without any fanfare, though the drive invigorated a small crowd on a cold night at Yankee Stadium.


Tom Seaver (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

10 Notable Players Who Came Back To Their New York Roots After Leaving

In honor of Darrelle Revis returning to the Jets, here are 10 notable players (some more than others) who came back to their New York roots.


Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yankees Might Not Declare A-Rod’s 660th Homer A Milestone

The Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.


Curtis Martin  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Ranking The Best Local Athletes In History By Jersey/Uniform Number: 29-20

Continuing with our weekly rankings of the best local athletes by jersey/uniform number, here are numbers 29-20.


Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers waves to the crowd as he runs off the field at Candlestick Park.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Say Goodbye To Nostalgic Candlestick Park

“The Stick” says its last public goodbye after a run of Super Bowl success; baseball greats like Willie Mays and home run king Barry Bonds; the 1989 earthquake that interrupted the Bay Bridge World Series; and even The Beatles’ farewell concert.


Alex Rodriguez (Photo credit should read Scott Nelson/AFP/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: No Chemical Issues Today… Just Numbers

For today’s By The Numbers, I thought I would take a look at the eight sluggers in history who have, thus far, clubbed 600 or more home runs.


Mariano Rivera (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Keidel: The Immortal Mariano Rivera Holds The Final No. 42

Neither Daniel Webster nor William Shakespeare conjured a word that frames his ability or his nobility. If possible, he’s an even better person.