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A Headache for a Headliner
August 14, 1961
With a finality no umpire could question, San Francisco's star, Willie Mays, was tagged out one night last week—squarely between the eyes. Trying to advance from first to third on a teammate's single, Willie overreached himself, turned back frantically to find Dodger Second Baseman Charlie Neal waiting with the ball. Neal's play was within the rules (it could be argued that Mays hit the ball with his skull) but it left Willie stunned and with a swelled head.
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August 14, 1961

A Headache For A Headliner

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With a finality no umpire could question, San Francisco's star, Willie Mays, was tagged out one night last week—squarely between the eyes. Trying to advance from first to third on a teammate's single, Willie overreached himself, turned back frantically to find Dodger Second Baseman Charlie Neal waiting with the ball. Neal's play was within the rules (it could be argued that Mays hit the ball with his skull) but it left Willie stunned and with a swelled head.

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