11:29 p.m. update — The Daily Show interview was great, of course, and Jon Stewart’s New Jersey roots made it unique, when Stewart mentioned Mays’ days with the Trenton Giants in 1950. Back when the Trenton Thunder came along in 1994, the coverage of the city’s baseball history had featured that connection, but I’d completely forgotten it. Mays was the first black player in the Interstate League, which was noted on this baseball signed by Mays that year.
Willie Mays is making the rounds in New York this week — he’s even on The Daily Show tonight — to promote a new biography, the first that he has authorized. Last night’s sit-down with Bob Costas on “Studio 42” was a joy to watch for someone who wasn’t born until after Willie ended his career with the Mets in 1973.