Tommy Bahama and Major League Baseball hosted a sold-out event last week honoring baseball legend Willie Mays at the Scottsdale, Ariz. Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar and Store.
The event, which was limited to 75 fans who paid $395 per ticket to be there, showcased Tommy Bahama’s new limited edition Willie Mays shirt and featured a Q&A with Mays and baseball radio host Marty Lurie. Ninety-two-year-old Kal Sarlat, the first fan at the event, has followed Mays’s career from the beginning. Sarlat traded stories with Mays and got a baseball autographed.
Willie Mays, who turns 82 this May, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. His Major League career spanned from 1951 to 1973, with 3,283 hits and 660 home runs. He played for the New York Giants (1951-57), then the San Francisco Giants (1958-72) and finished his career with the New York Mets (1972-73). The right-hander is one of three players (the others are Hank Aaron and Stan Musial) to be selected for 24 All-Star Games.
Tommy Bahama is also releasing a limited edition Mickey Mantle shirt this year. The Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle shirts retail for $250.
Tommy Bahama launched its first Major League Baseball Collector’s Edition shirt in 2009.