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MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays
Published On: Fri, Sep 29
May 7, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) celebrates his 661 home run surpassing the record of Willie Mays during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.

The announcement comes on the 63rd anniversary of The Catch Mays made in the 1954 World Series on a deep fly ball off of Vic Wertz in the Polo Grounds. The throw that came after it was almost as amazing. As was the fact that the Giants beat a 111-win Cleveland Indians team in four straight games.

There was no World Series MVP Award that year. It officially began in 1955, though the BBWAAs Babe Ruth Award for the best postseason performance dates back to 1949. It still exists too but, unlike most other awards in which the BBWAA honor is seen as more prestigious than the MLB honor, no one really cares much about that while many fans can name multiple World Series MVP winners.

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