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MLB’s World Series MVP award named for Mays

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    San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays is set for a workout at the baseball club’s training camp at Casa Grande, Ariz., in 1964. Major League Baseball has announced they have named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Mays.

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

The decision was announced today, 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.

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