World Series MVP named in honor of Willie Mays

Willie Mays
FILE - In this June 4, 2015, file photo San Francisco Giants Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington, during a ceremony where President Barack Obama honored the 2014 World Series champion baseball team. President Barack Obama on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, named seventeen recipients, including Mays, of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(KRON) Giants great Willie Mays now has a post season award named in his honor.

Major League Baseball has named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Willie Mays.

The decision was announced Friday, the 63rd anniversary of Mays’ back-to-the-plate catch in deep center field at the Polo Grounds for the New York Giants against Cleveland’s Vic Wertz in the World Series opener. The Giants went on to sweep the Indians.

The Series MVP award began the following year, when it was won by Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Johnny Podres.

Now 86, Mays played in 24 All-Star Games during a 22-year-career with the New York and San Francisco Giants, and the New York Mets.

Mays helped the Giants to their championship in 1954 in New York.




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