Nancy Pelosi Posts Pic of Wrong Black Player in Attempt at Wishing Willie Mays ‘Happy 90th Birthday’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, or someone on her staff, committed a social media faux pas earlier this week. She wished the wrong Willie a happy birthday.

Like many baseball fans, Nancy Pelosi wished a happy birthday to Willie Mays. She just wanted to celebrate and Say Hey to the legendary New York and San Francisco Giants centerfielder on his 90th birthday. Pelosi represents San Francisco in Congress, so Mays, besides being one of the most popular baseball players ever, is also a constituent.

But here’s the problem. The social media post was a photo of Nancy Pelosi alongside Willie McCovey, another former baseball star who played for the San Francisco Giants. The Daily Mail reported on the mixup.

Nancy Pelosi Posted a Photo of Willie McCovey From a 2018 Wedding

Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t be wrong in saluting Willie McCovey. He led the National League in home runs three times during his storied career. And the Giants retired his No. 44. The photo with Pelosi was from McCovey’s wedding to his wife, in August 2018. Sadly, McCovey, who also was a Nancy Pelosi constituent, died weeks after the wedding. He was 80. Like Mays, McCovey also was a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

San Francisco radio station KCBS figured out who the guy was in the Nancy Pelosi photo. The station reported that a number of Twitter users spotted the error, too.

Apparently, Nancy Pelosi was photographed with both Willie Mays and Willie McCovey at the McCovey nuptials. Pelosi’s office issued a statement to KCBS:

“A staffer inadvertently selected the wrong photo for the tweet. The photo we wanted to use was of the Speaker and Willie Mays at Willie McCovey’s August 2018 wedding. The quickly deleted photo was the wrong photo from the right wedding. We apologize for the error.”

The Nancy Pelosi social media staff corrected their error. And the sentiment still was the same.

“Happy 90th Birthday to an all-American icon, Willie Mays. A trailblazing, record-breaking baseball player, civil rights leader, and champion for youth sports and well-being, Willie Mays is a civic legend and national treasure. #SayHey90.”

It’s Worth It Again: Happy Birthday, Willie Mays

And like Nancy Pelosi, Outsider also wished Willie Mays, aka the Say Hey Kid, a happy 90th on May 6. At 90, he’s the oldest living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Baseball was spellbound with Willie Mays during his 22-year Major League career. He could do it all — swing for the fences and to get on base. He was powerful and athletic. Mays could pop a homer as easily as he could steal a base. And his first big play in the World Series came in 1954 when he was in centerfield. It’s known as “the catch.” It was an over-the-shoulder grab that robbed the batter of an extra-base hit. In the ninth inning in a tie game, Mays caught the ball and still with his back to the infield, threw the perfect relay, keeping two runners from scoring.

So, Say Hey, again, Willie Mays. You’re worthy of an extra day of attention.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 29: Former San Francisco Giants player Willie Mays waves during a ceremony honoring Giants manager Bruce Bochy after a baseball game between the San Fransisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 29, 2019 in San Fransisco, California (Photo by Jeff Chiu – Pool/Getty Images)