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Here's Willie Mays, MVP, Eating Breakfast In His Little Apartment

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In 1954, Willie Mays was 23 years old. That year he hit 41 home runs, had a .345 average, and was the National League MVP. And here he is, at his rented apartment in a Harlem walk-up with his landlady, one Mrs. Goosby, looking protectively over his shoulder as he eats.

So, to repeat: National League MVP. Tiny walk-up rental in Harlem, complete with a stunning brick-wall view.

Jayson Werth (to choose one random very, very highly paid contemporary ballplayer) will make $16,000,000 this year.

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Just putting it out there.

[See a gallery of rare and classic photos of Mays.]

Ben Cosgrove is the editor of LIFE.com. Picture This is his weekly (and occasionally more frequent) feature for The Stacks.

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Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

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