A year after Mays made “The Catch,” MLB began handing out a World Series MVP award.
It will now be named after him.
“Major League Baseball is thrilled to honor Willie Mays on our game’s biggest stage and in a manner that befits his many contributions to the sport,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Since making ‘The Catch’ on Sept. 29, 1954, Willie has been a part of World Series history. This annual recognition will forever celebrate the life and career of a legend of the national pastime.”
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) September 29, 2017
“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 via the Giants. “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!”
Over the course of his 22-year Hall of Fame career, Mays played in four Fall Classics, winning a championship with the Giants in that ’54 Series.
He was never able to win a World Series MVP in that time span, but in a way, at 86 years old, he just won it for eternity.
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