Today in Sports History: November 9

By Brandon Zhu

In 1965, Willie Mays was named National League MVP. One of the greatest players in MLB history, Mays spent 22 seasons in the big leagues and helped the San Francisco Giants win the 1954 World Series. He made what later became known as “The Catch,” an over-the-shoulder running grab by Mays in deep center field. The catch prevented the Cleveland Indians from winning Game 1 and the Giants went on to sweep the Indians in four games. In 1964, Mays was named captain of the Giants, and led the NL with 47 home runs that year. In 1965, Mays hit 52 home runs and won his second NL MVP Award. Mays many other accolades include 24x All-Star, 12x Gold Glove Award, 4x NL home run and stolen base leader. Mays was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. In 2017, the MLB named the World Series Most Valuable Player Award after him

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