Being Best - Willie Mays, Smiling, July, 1964
© The Estate of Leigh Wiener

Being Best - Willie Mays, Smiling, July, 1964

By Leigh Wiener
About the image
Legendary San Francisco Giants center fielder Willie Mays smiles at a game against the LA Dodgers at Los Angeles in July, 1964. Considered one of the best-ever Major League Baseball players in history, Mays, the "Say Hey Kid," remains the player with the most starts in an All Star Game (18) but is perhaps most famous for "The Catch," an iconic, over-the-shoulder catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.

An HBO documentary film was made about his life and career in 2022, called "Say Hey, Willie Mays".

This image is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Release Notes: 
This photograph is available as a vintage, signed photograph. It may also be available as a limited edition estate photograph. Please see below for more details on these different versions.

Leigh Wiener Signed Photographs:
Leigh Wiener began printing a substantial archive of beautiful silver gelatin photographs for exhibition and sale beginning in the 1980s. These were typically signed and numbered as limited editions. Those that remained unsold at the time of his death have been meticulously conserved in an archival environment by his son who manages his estate. 

These vintage photographs were typically produced in two sizes: 11" x 14" and 16" x 20", and were planned as editions of 50 or 100, but most often, only a handful were ever completed. The total quantity printed of each photograph varies. Details and prices are available on request.

Leigh Wiener Estate Photographs:
Estate photographs are released in a single edition of 20 pieces and are available in a range of sizes including 16" x 20", 20" x 24", and 30" x 40" (and larger if possible/on request).

Prices start at $2,000 and are quoted on an individual basis. The current price will depend on how many of that particular image have sold, and the size you want. Please use the "REQUEST PRICE" button below to contact us for details today! (and if you have a size preference please let us know in the comment field).

Collector's Note: 
Leigh Wiener Estate Photographs are museum-quality limited edition artworks. Each photograph is printed to order in Los Angeles and will be hand-numbered and estate-stamped by Devik Wiener, Leigh's son, and the executor of the Leigh Wiener Estate.

Buyers will receive a certificate of authenticity following delivery. Please contact us with any questions!

Sheet Size varies
Estate-Authorized, Limited edition (20)
Archival Pigment Print Photograph

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Being Best - Willie Mays, Smiling, July, 1964
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