By Chandler Guadagnin
On Friday Morning, Major League Baseball announced that effective immediately, the World Series Most Valuable Player Trophy will be renamed, the Willie Mays Most Valuable Player, for the Giants great.
MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, issued the following statement:
“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. Since making ‘The Catch’ on Sept. 29, 1954, Willy 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.”
The World Series MVP Award was first handed out in 1955.
In a career that spanned 22 years (1951-1973), the Hall of Famer, Mays, amassed 3,283 hits-523 doubles, 140 triples and 660 homeruns. In addition, Willie tallied 1903 RBIs and posted a slash line of .302/.384/.557.
Willie Mays’ Career accomplishments include:
- 1954 World Series Championship with Giants
- 1954 Rookie of the Year Award
- 20 time All-Star starter (19 straight selections; 24 selections overall)
- 12 straight Gold Glove Awards
- 2 time NL MVP Award
The San Francisco Giants retired Willie Mays’ number 24 in 1972.
Statistics courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com and www.mlb.com
MLB Commissioner Statement courtesy of: http://m.mlb.com/news/article/256686298/world-series-mvp-award-renamed-for-willie-mays/