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The origin of the nick name "Say Hey Kid" isn't certain.

One story is that Barney Kremenko, a writer, heard Mays blurt out "Say Who, say what, say where, say hey" and started calling him the "Say Hey Kid."

Another story is that he got the nickname because when he first joined the majors he didn't know anyone's name. In an interview Willie revealed "You see a guy, you say 'Hey man, Say hey man."

His nickname to fans is "Say Hey Kid." But to teammates and friends he's "Buck."

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