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’ over-the-shoulder catch in deep center field at the Polo Grounds for the New York Giants against Cleveland’s Vic Wertz in Game 1 of the World Series. The Giants went on to sweep the Indians.
The Series MVP award was given out for the first time the following year, when it was won by Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Johnny Podres.
“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!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.
“Once again, it’s going to remind people of who Willie is and how great a player he was,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
One of the items on Punky G’s bucket list was to kayak McCovey Cove during a Giants game. Mission accomplished! On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Max & Johnny G. kayaked into the Cove. No splash hits (Crawford’s HR landed in the Arcade.) But we had a lot fun! Singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” in the 7th inning was a highlight!🎵⭐️💦⚾️💦⭐️🎵
P.S. The Giants beat the Rockies 4-0. Joe Panik had already hit a single, double and triple in the game. If he had gotten to bat in the 8th he said he’d have gone for a HR. And if it was a Splash HR we had him played perfectly!⚾️
The longest home run in World Series history was crushed by Barry Bonds in Game 2 of the 2002 World Series off Troy Percival in the 9th inning. There were two outs and the Angels were up 11-9. Percival didn’t want to walk Bonds and bring the tying run to the plate. So it was pure mano y mano. No ball has ever been further in World Series history, at Angel Stadium, or in this century. Read Tim Salmon’s lips. A bolt of lightning into the night, followed by the astonished whisper of an Angel.
Watch Bonds’ blast here: WOW!
Happy 86th B-Day Willie!⚾️🎈🎉
McCovey, Babe, Roberto, Josh, Vida, Sandy, Say Hey, Joe, and Juan⭐️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⭐️
Conner “F******G” Gillaspie!!!
Joe “F******G” Panik!!!
“It began with the incomprehensible sight of Jake Arrieta launching a three-run home run off Mr. October himself, Madison Bumgarner — the first home run Bumgarner had ever served up to any pitcher. It ended with Joe Panik becoming the first second baseman to deliver a walk-off hit in an elimination game since (who else?) Bill Mazeroski.”
– Jayson Stark (ESPN)