Mays played only one game in Hagerstown but it was his first as a pro, back in 1950, and a belated move to honor him in some way only sparked hard feelings among residents of the old-fashioned, working-class community in Western Maryland.
The local newspaper was flooded with angry letters, the mayor found himself cornered on the streets, an African-American candidate felt so threatened she hired a bodyguard.
Finally, City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner withdrew a plan to re-name Municipal Stadium for Mays, the Baltimore Sun reported. He had sought to make up for the fact that Mays debuted in Hagerstown to catcalls and racial jeers. When a plan to name a street for him fell through, the stadium naming was suggested, but that, too, has now struck out.
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