Willie Mays World Series MVP Award
SportBaseball
LeagueMajor League Baseball
Awarded forAnnual most valuable player of the World Series
CountryUnited States, Canada
Presented byMajor League Baseball
History
First award1955
Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson won the 1973 and 1977 World Series MVPs. Jackson hit five home runs in the 1977 World Series, and took the nickname "Mr. October".
Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson won the 1973 and 1977 World Series MVPs. Jackson hit five home runs in the 1977 World Series, and took the nickname "Mr. October".

The Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is given to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player deemed to have the most impact on his team's performance in the World Series,[1] which is the final round of the MLB postseason. The award was first presented in 1955 as the SPORT Magazine Award, but is now decided during the final game of the Series by a committee of reporters and officials present at the game.[2][3] On September 29, 2017, it was renamed in honor of Willie Mays in remembrance of the 63rd anniversary of The Catch.[4] Mays never won the award himself.

Pitchers have been named Series MVP twenty-nine (29) times; four of them were relief pitchers. Twelve of the first fourteen World Series MVPs were won by pitchers; from 1969 until 1986, the proportion of pitcher MVPs declined—Rollie Fingers (1974) and Bret Saberhagen (1985) were the only two pitchers to win the award in this period. From 1987 until 1991, all of the World Series MVPs were pitchers, and, since 1995, pitchers have won the award nine times. Bobby Richardson of the 1960 New York Yankees is the only player in World Series history to be named MVP despite being on the losing team. Stephen Strasburg (2019 winner), is the only first overall draft pick to win the award.[5] The most recent winner is Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña, who won the award in 2022.

Trophy

The World Series MVP award up to 2017 was a trophy that was similar to the Commissioner's Trophy, albeit scaled down and with a single large gold-plated flag.

After being renamed to Willie Mays World Series MVP Award for the 2018 edition and onward, the trophy is a wooden pedestal topped by a bronze sculpture of Willie Mays making the iconic catch in the 1954 World Series.

General Motors has provided a vehicle to the World Series MVP winner for 14 straight seasons through 2018.[6]

Winners

Don Larsen won the World Series MVP in the 1956 World Series with the New York Yankees. Until 2022, Larsen was the first pitcher to pitch a perfect game in World Series history.
Don Larsen won the World Series MVP in the 1956 World Series with the New York Yankees. Until 2022, Larsen was the first pitcher to pitch a perfect game in World Series history.
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson won the 1970 World Series MVP Award.
Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson won the 1970 World Series MVP Award.
Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers won the 1974 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics.
Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers won the 1974 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics.
Pete Rose won the 1975 World Series MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, and became the second third baseman to win the award.
Pete Rose won the 1975 World Series MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, and became the second third baseman to win the award.
Hall of Famer Johnny Bench won the World Series MVP in the 1976 World Series.
Hall of Famer Johnny Bench won the World Series MVP in the 1976 World Series.
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt won the 1980 World Series MVP with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt won the 1980 World Series MVP with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Steve Yeager was one of the three 1981 World Series MVPs for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Steve Yeager was one of the three 1981 World Series MVPs for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Orel Hershiser won the NL Cy Young Award, the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the 1988 season.
Orel Hershiser won the NL Cy Young Award, the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the 1988 season.
Dave Stewart won the 1989 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics.
Tom Glavine won the World Series MVP in the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.
Tom Glavine won the World Series MVP in the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.
Mariano Rivera won the 1999 World Series MVP with the New York Yankees.
Derek Jeter won the World Series MVP in 2000 World Series with the New York Yankees.
Derek Jeter won the World Series MVP in 2000 World Series with the New York Yankees.
Randy Johnson (top) and Curt Schilling shared the World Series MVP Award in 2001.
Randy Johnson (top) and Curt Schilling shared the World Series MVP Award in 2001.
Troy Glaus won the MVP award in 2002 with the Anaheim Angels.
Troy Glaus won the MVP award in 2002 with the Anaheim Angels.
Mike Lowell won the World Series MVP in the 2007 World Series with the Boston Red Sox.
Mike Lowell won the World Series MVP in the 2007 World Series with the Boston Red Sox.
In 2009, Hideki Matsui became the first Japanese-born player, as well as the first full-time designated hitter, to win the award.
In 2009, Hideki Matsui became the first Japanese-born player, as well as the first full-time designated hitter, to win the award.
Pablo Sandoval was MVP in 2012 for the San Francisco Giants.
Ben Zobrist won the MVP award in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs.
Ben Zobrist won the MVP award in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs.
George Springer won the MVP award in 2017 for the Houston Astros.
George Springer won the MVP award in 2017 for the Houston Astros.
Key
Year Links to the article about that corresponding World Series
dagger Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
double-dagger Active player
# Indicates rookie
* Indicates player also won the LCS MVP Award in the same postseason
§ Indicates losing team in the World Series
^ Indicates multiple award winners in the same World Series
(#) Indicates number of times winning World Series MVP at that point (if he won multiple times)
Year Player Team Position Selected statistics Note
1955 United States Johnny Podres Brooklyn Dodgers Starting pitcher [7]
1956 United States Don Larsen New York Yankees Starting pitcher [9]
1957 United States Lew Burdette Milwaukee Braves Starting pitcher [10]
1958 United States Bob Turley New York Yankees Pitcher
  • 2–1 record and 1 save over 4 appearances (2 starts); 1 shutout
  • 5 earned runs allowed over 16+13 innings pitched
  • 13 strikeouts
[11]
1959 United States Larry Sherry# Los Angeles Dodgers Relief pitcher [12]
1960 United States Bobby Richardson New York Yankees§ Second baseman [13]
1961 United States Whitey Forddagger New York Yankees Starting pitcher [14]
1962 United States Ralph Terry New York Yankees Starting pitcher [15]
1963 United States Sandy Koufaxdagger Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [16]
1964 United States Bob Gibsondagger St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [17]
1965 United States Sandy Koufaxdagger (2) Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [18]
1966 United States Frank Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Outfielder [19]
1967 United States Bob Gibsondagger (2) St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [20]
1968 United States Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers Starting pitcher [21]
1969 United States Donn Clendenon New York Mets First baseman [22]
1970 United States Brooks Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Third baseman [23]
1971 Puerto Rico Roberto Clementedagger Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder [24]
1972 United States Gene Tenace Oakland Athletics Catcher [25]
1973 United States Reggie Jacksondagger Oakland Athletics Outfielder [26]
1974 United States Rollie Fingersdagger Oakland Athletics Relief pitcher [27]
1975 United States Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds Third baseman [28]
1976 United States Johnny Benchdagger Cincinnati Reds Catcher [29]
1977 United States Reggie Jacksondagger (2) New York Yankees Outfielder [30]
1978 United States Bucky Dent New York Yankees Shortstop [31]
1979* United States Willie Stargelldagger Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [32]
1980 United States Mike Schmidtdagger Philadelphia Phillies Third baseman [33]
1981^ United States Ron Cey Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [34]
Dominican Republic Pedro Guerrero Outfielder [34]
United States Steve Yeager Catcher [34]
1982* United States Darrell Porter St. Louis Cardinals Catcher [35]
1983 United States Rick Dempsey Baltimore Orioles Catcher [36]
1984 United States Alan Trammelldagger Detroit Tigers Shortstop [37]
1985 United States Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals Starting pitcher [38]
1986 United States Ray Knight New York Mets Third baseman [39]
1987 United States Frank Viola Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher [40]
1988* United States Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [41]
1989 United States Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics Starting pitcher [42]
1990 Dominican Republic José Rijo Cincinnati Reds Starting pitcher [43]
1991 United States Jack Morrisdagger Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher [44]
1992 United States Pat Borders Toronto Blue Jays Catcher [45]
1993 United States Paul Molitordagger Toronto Blue Jays Designated hitter,
first baseman,
third baseman
[46]
1994 Series cancelled due to player's strike [47]
1995 United States Tom Glavinedagger Atlanta Braves Starting pitcher [48]
1996 United States John Wetteland New York Yankees Relief pitcher [49]
1997* Cuba Liván Hernández# Florida Marlins Starting pitcher [50][51]
1998 United States Scott Brosius New York Yankees Third baseman [52]
1999 Panama Mariano Riveradagger New York Yankees Relief pitcher [53][54]
2000 United States Derek Jeterdagger New York Yankees Shortstop [55][56]
2001^ United States Randy Johnsondagger Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher [57][58]
United States Curt Schilling Starting pitcher [57][59]
2002 United States Troy Glaus Anaheim Angels Third baseman [60][61]
2003 United States Josh Beckett Florida Marlins Starting pitcher [62][63]
2004 Dominican Republic Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox Outfielder [64][65]
2005 United States Jermaine Dye Chicago White Sox Outfielder [66][67]
2006 United States David Eckstein St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop [68][69]
2007 United States Mike Lowell Boston Red Sox Third baseman [70][71]
2008* United States Cole Hamelsdouble-dagger Philadelphia Phillies Starting pitcher [72][73]
2009 Japan Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Designated hitter [74][75]
2010 Colombia Edgar Rentería San Francisco Giants Shortstop [76][77]
2011* United States David Freese St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [78][79]
2012 Venezuela Pablo Sandovaldouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Third baseman [80][81]
2013 Dominican Republic David Ortizdagger Boston Red Sox Designated hitter [82][83][84]
2014* United States Madison Bumgarnerdouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Starting pitcher [85][86][87]
2015 Venezuela Salvador Pérezdouble-dagger Kansas City Royals Catcher [88]
2016 United States Ben Zobrist Chicago Cubs Outfielder [89]
2017 United States George Springerdouble-dagger Houston Astros Outfielder [90]
2018

United States Steve Pearce

Boston Red Sox First baseman [91]
2019 United States Stephen Strasburgdouble-dagger Washington Nationals Starting pitcher [92]
2020* United States Corey Seagerdouble-dagger Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop [93]
2021 Cuba Jorge Solerdouble-dagger Atlanta Braves Right fielder, designated hitter [94]
2022* Dominican Republic Jeremy Peña# Houston Astros Shortstop [95]

By team

Johnny Podres (top) and Corey Seager are the first and most recent Dodgers to win the award.
World Series MVPs by team
Team Total
New York Yankees 12
Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers 9
St. Louis Cardinals 5
Boston Red Sox 4
Oakland Athletics 4
Baltimore Orioles 3
Cincinnati Reds 3
Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves 3
San Francisco Giants 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Detroit Tigers 2
Florida Marlins 2
Houston Astros 2
Kansas City Royals 2
Minnesota Twins 2
New York Mets 2
Philadelphia Phillies 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Toronto Blue Jays 2
Anaheim Angels 1
Chicago Cubs 1
Chicago White Sox 1
Washington Nationals 1

By position

Bobby Richardson is the only second baseman to win the award.
Bobby Richardson is the only second baseman to win the award.
World Series MVPs by position
Position Total
Pitcherdagger 29
Third baseman 10
Outfielder 9
Catcher 7
Shortstop 7
Designated hitter 3
First baseman 3
Second baseman 1

dagger Pitching total includes both starting and relief roles.

Multiple winners

Player Position Wins Years
Sandy Koufax starting pitcher 2 1963, 1965
Bob Gibson starting pitcher 2 1964, 1967
Reggie Jackson outfielder 2 1973, 1977

See also

Notes

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax won the award twice.
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax won the award twice.

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