Willie Mays World Series MVP Award
Johnny Podres was the inaugural winner in 1955 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
SportBaseball
LeagueMajor League Baseball
Awarded forAnnual most valuable player of the World Series
CountryUnited States
Canada
Presented byMajor League Baseball
History
First award1955
Most recentCorey Seager (Texas Rangers)

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, which occurred the year before the award's debut;[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. The most recent pitcher to win the award is Stephen Strasburg, who won in 2019.

Trophy

Up until 2017, the World Series MVP trophy 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.[4]

General Motors has provided a vehicle to the World Series MVP winner for 14 straight seasons through 2018.[5] Since 2019, Disney Parks, Products and Experiences has sponsored the award.

Winners

Key
Year Links to the article about that corresponding World Series
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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 [6]
1956 United States Don Larsen New York Yankees Starting pitcher [7][8]
1957 United States Lew Burdette Milwaukee Braves Starting pitcher [9]
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
[10]
1959 United States Larry Sherry# Los Angeles Dodgers Relief pitcher [11]
1960 United States Bobby Richardson New York Yankees§ Second baseman [12]
1961 United States Whitey Ford New York Yankees Starting pitcher [13]
1962 United States Ralph Terry New York Yankees Starting pitcher [14]
1963 United States Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [15]
1964 United States Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [16]
1965 United States Sandy Koufax (2) Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [17]
1966 United States Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles Outfielder [18]
1967 United States Bob Gibson (2) St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [19]
1968 United States Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers Starting pitcher [20]
1969 United States Donn Clendenon New York Mets First baseman [21]
1970 United States Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles Third baseman [22]
1971 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder [23]
1972 United States Gene Tenace Oakland Athletics Catcher [24]
1973 United States Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics Outfielder [25]
1974 United States Rollie Fingers Oakland Athletics Relief pitcher [26]
1975 United States Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds Third baseman [27]
1976 United States Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds Catcher [28]
1977 United States Reggie Jackson (2) New York Yankees Outfielder [29]
1978 United States Bucky Dent New York Yankees Shortstop [30]
1979* United States Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [31]
1980 United States Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies Third baseman [32]
1981^ United States Ron Cey Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [33]
Dominican Republic Pedro Guerrero Outfielder [33]
United States Steve Yeager Catcher [33]
1982* United States Darrell Porter St. Louis Cardinals Catcher [34]
1983 United States Rick Dempsey Baltimore Orioles Catcher [35]
1984 United States Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers Shortstop [36]
1985 United States Bret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals Starting pitcher [37]
1986 United States Ray Knight New York Mets Third baseman [38]
1987 United States Frank Viola Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher [39]
1988* United States Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [40]
1989 United States Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics Starting pitcher [41]
1990 Dominican Republic José Rijo Cincinnati Reds Starting pitcher [42]
1991 United States Jack Morris Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher [43]
1992 United States Pat Borders Toronto Blue Jays Catcher [44]
1993 United States Paul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays Designated hitter,
first baseman,
third baseman
[45]
1994 Series cancelled due to player's strike [46]
1995 United States Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves Starting pitcher [47]
1996 United States John Wetteland New York Yankees Relief pitcher [48]
1997* Cuba Liván Hernández# Florida Marlins Starting pitcher [49][50]
1998 United States Scott Brosius New York Yankees Third baseman [51]
1999 Panama Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Relief pitcher [52][53]
2000 United States Derek Jeter New York Yankees Shortstop [54][55]
2001^ United States Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher [56][57]
United States Curt Schilling Starting pitcher [56][58]
2002 United States Troy Glaus Anaheim Angels Third baseman [59][60]
2003 United States Josh Beckett Florida Marlins Starting pitcher [61][62]
2004 Dominican Republic Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox Outfielder [63][64]
2005 United States Jermaine Dye Chicago White Sox Outfielder [65][66]
2006 United States David Eckstein St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop [67][68]
2007 United States Mike Lowell Boston Red Sox Third baseman [69][70]
2008* United States Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies Starting pitcher [71][72]
2009 Japan Hideki Matsui New York Yankees Designated hitter [73][74]
2010 Colombia Edgar Rentería San Francisco Giants Shortstop [75][76]
2011* United States David Freese St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [77][78]
2012 Venezuela Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants Third baseman [79][80]
2013 Dominican Republic David Ortiz Boston Red Sox Designated hitter [81][82][83]
2014* United States Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants Starting pitcher [84][85][86]
2015 Venezuela Salvador Pérez Kansas City Royals Catcher [87]
2016 United States Ben Zobrist Chicago Cubs Outfielder [88]
2017 United States George Springer Houston Astros Outfielder [89]
2018

United States Steve Pearce

Boston Red Sox First baseman [90]
2019 United States Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals Starting pitcher [91]
2020* United States Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop [92]
2021 Cuba Jorge Soler Atlanta Braves Right fielder, designated hitter [93]
2022* Dominican Republic Jeremy Peña# Houston Astros Shortstop [94]
2023 United States Corey Seager (2) Texas Rangers Shortstop [95]

Notes

Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Reggie Jackson, and Corey Seager are the only players who were named World Series MVP multiple times; each won the award twice.

See also

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