December 16, 1954 Willie Mays becomes the first player to win the Most Valuable Player Award in his first full year in the majors when he easily outdistances Reds first baseman Ted Kluszewski for the honor. The 23-year-old Giants center fielder made his big league debut at the end of May in 1951, but missed the last two seasons due to his service in the U.S. Army.

December 16, 1954 Willie Mays becomes the first player to win the Most Valuable Player Award in his first full year in the majors when he easily outdistances Reds first baseman Ted Kluszewski for the honor. The 23-year-old Giants center fielder made his big league debut at the end of May in 1951, but missed the last two seasons due to his service in the U.S. Army.

The Boys of Summer: Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron (3 good guys!),1961 All-Star game

The Boys of Summer: Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron (3 good guys!),1961 All-Star game

This Day In MLB History: 1961 - Willie Mays (San Francisco) hit four home runs against the Milwaukee Braves.

Willie Mays Framed Print

This Day In MLB History: 1961 - Willie Mays (San Francisco) hit four home runs against the Milwaukee Braves.

willie mays 1954 world series  Willie Mays Made 'The Catch' That All World Series Highlights Are Judged Against Courtesy of Getty Images, by way of the New York Daily News Archive, here is a moment-by-moment photographic look at Mays' stunning grab and the ensuing throw.

FLASHBACK: Willie Mays Defined World Series Greatness With 'The Catch'

willie mays 1954 world series Willie Mays Made 'The Catch' That All World Series Highlights Are Judged Against Courtesy of Getty Images, by way of the New York Daily News Archive, here is a moment-by-moment photographic look at Mays' stunning grab and the ensuing throw.

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