Baseball World Series MVP award named for Willie Mays

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Baseball World Series MVP award named for Willie Mays
Baseball World Series MVP award named for Willie Mays

NEW YORK (AP) – 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.

“I’d like to thank Commissioner Rob Manfred and his team at Major League Baseball for honoring me with this recognition,” Mays said in a statement. “Baseball has always taken care of me, and for that I am grateful. I think it’s just a wonderful thing to know that at 86 years of age, I can still give something back to the game. I am proud to lend my name to this important award. What a day this has been!”

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FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2011, file photo, former Major League baseball player Willie Mays listens during his appearance at the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series trophy display tour event at the Arthur Tappan School P.S. 46 in Harlem, New York. Baseball announced on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, they have named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Mays. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
FILE- In this Sept. 29, 1954, file photo, New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays, running at top speed with his back to the plate, gets under a 450-foot blast off the bat of Cleveland Indians first baseman Vic Wertz to pull the ball down in front of the bleachers wall in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the World Series at the Polo Grounds in New York. Baseball announced on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, they have named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Mays. (AP Photo/File)
FILE – In this March 2, 1964, file photo, San Francisco Giants’ Willie Mays is all set for workout at the baseball club’s training camp at Casa Grande, Ariz. Baseball announced on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, they have named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Mays. (AP Photo/RDS)
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