|Willie Mays World Series MVP Award|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Awarded for||Annual most valuable player of the World Series|
|Country||United States, Canada|
|Presented by||Major League Baseball|
|Most recent||Corey Seager, 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers|
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,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. On September 29, 2017, it was renamed in honor of Willie Mays in remembrance of the 63rd anniversary of The Catch. 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. The most recent winner is Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who won the award in 2020.
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.
|Year||Links to the article about that corresponding World Series|
|Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum|
|*||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)|
|1955||Johnny Podres||Brooklyn Dodgers||Starting pitcher|
|1956||Don Larsen||New York Yankees||Starting pitcher|
|1957||Lew Burdette||Milwaukee Braves||Starting pitcher|
|1958||Bob Turley||New York Yankees||Pitcher|
|1959||Larry Sherry||Los Angeles Dodgers||Relief pitcher|
|1960||Bobby Richardson||New York Yankees §||Second baseman|
|1961||Whitey Ford||New York Yankees||Starting pitcher|
|1962||Ralph Terry||New York Yankees||Starting pitcher|
|1963||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles Dodgers||Starting pitcher|
|1964||Bob Gibson||St. Louis Cardinals||Starting pitcher|
|1965||Sandy Koufax (2)||Los Angeles Dodgers||Starting pitcher|
|1966||Frank Robinson||Baltimore Orioles||Outfielder|
|1967||Bob Gibson (2)||St. Louis Cardinals||Starting pitcher|
|1968||Mickey Lolich||Detroit Tigers||Starting pitcher|
|1969||Donn Clendenon||New York Mets||First baseman|
|1970||Brooks Robinson||Baltimore Orioles||Third baseman|
|1971||Roberto Clemente||Pittsburgh Pirates||Outfielder|
|1972||Gene Tenace||Oakland Athletics||Catcher|
|1973||Reggie Jackson||Oakland Athletics||Outfielder|
|1974||Rollie Fingers||Oakland Athletics||Relief pitcher|
|1975||Pete Rose||Cincinnati Reds||Third baseman|
|1976||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds||Catcher|
|1977||Reggie Jackson (2)||New York Yankees||Outfielder|
|1978||Bucky Dent||New York Yankees||Shortstop|
|1979*||Willie Stargell||Pittsburgh Pirates||First baseman|
|1980||Mike Schmidt||Philadelphia Phillies||Third baseman|
|1981^||Ron Cey||Los Angeles Dodgers||Third baseman|
|1981^||Pedro Guerrero||Los Angeles Dodgers||Outfielder|
|1981^||Steve Yeager||Los Angeles Dodgers||Catcher|
|1982*||Darrell Porter||St. Louis Cardinals||Catcher|
|1983||Rick Dempsey||Baltimore Orioles||Catcher|
|1984||Alan Trammell||Detroit Tigers||Shortstop|
|1985||Bret Saberhagen||Kansas City Royals||Starting pitcher|
|1986||Ray Knight||New York Mets||Third baseman|
|1987||Frank Viola||Minnesota Twins||Starting pitcher|
|1988*||Orel Hershiser||Los Angeles Dodgers||Starting pitcher|
|1989||Dave Stewart||Oakland Athletics||Starting pitcher|
|1990||José Rijo||Cincinnati Reds||Starting pitcher|
|1991||Jack Morris||Minnesota Twins||Starting pitcher|
|1992||Pat Borders||Toronto Blue Jays||Catcher|
|1993||Paul Molitor||Toronto Blue Jays|| Designated hitter,|
|1994||Series cancelled due to player's strike|
|1995||Tom Glavine||Atlanta Braves||Starting pitcher|
|1996||John Wetteland||New York Yankees||Relief pitcher|
|1997*||Liván Hernández||Florida Marlins||Starting pitcher|
|1998||Scott Brosius||New York Yankees||Third baseman|
|1999||Mariano Rivera||New York Yankees||Relief pitcher|
|2000||Derek Jeter||New York Yankees||Shortstop|
|2001^||Randy Johnson||Arizona Diamondbacks||Pitcher|
|2001^||Curt Schilling||Arizona Diamondbacks||Starting pitcher|
|2002||Troy Glaus||Anaheim Angels||Third baseman|
|2003||Josh Beckett||Florida Marlins||Starting pitcher|
|2004||Manny Ramirez||Boston Red Sox||Outfielder|
|2005||Jermaine Dye||Chicago White Sox||Outfielder|
|2006||David Eckstein||St. Louis Cardinals||Shortstop|
|2007||Mike Lowell||Boston Red Sox||Third baseman|
|2008*||Cole Hamels||Philadelphia Phillies||Starting pitcher|
|2009||Hideki Matsui||New York Yankees||Designated hitter|
|2010||Edgar Rentería||San Francisco Giants||Shortstop|
|2011*||David Freese||St. Louis Cardinals||Third baseman|
|2012||Pablo Sandoval||San Francisco Giants||Third baseman|
|2013||David Ortiz||Boston Red Sox||Designated hitter|
|2014*||Madison Bumgarner||San Francisco Giants||Starting pitcher|
|2015||Salvador Pérez||Kansas City Royals||Catcher|
|2016||Ben Zobrist||Chicago Cubs||Outfielder|
|2017||George Springer||Houston Astros||Outfielder|
|2018||Boston Red Sox||First baseman|
|2019||Stephen Strasburg||Washington Nationals||Starting pitcher|
|2020*||Corey Seager||Los Angeles Dodgers||Shortstop|
|New York Yankees||12|
|Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers||9|
|St. Louis Cardinals||5|
|Boston Red Sox||4|
|San Francisco Giants||3|
|Kansas City Royals||2|
|New York Mets||2|
|Toronto Blue Jays||2|
|Chicago White Sox||1|
Pitching total includes both starting and relief roles.
|Sandy Koufax||starting pitcher||2||1963, 1965|
|Bob Gibson||starting pitcher||2||1964, 1967|
|Reggie Jackson||outfielder||2||1973, 1977|
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