On the anniversary of Willie Mays making “The Catch” in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series at the Polo Grounds, Major League Baseball has announced it is naming the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in his honor. The award will now be called the “Willie Mays World Series MVP Award.”
The foots up in your face, and that’s bad. Then he comes through like a fullback charging. He lunges off the hill. Sometimes he even stumbles from the force of his delivery. With all that confusion of motion it’s a problem seeing the ball. But his control is a bigger thing. He can throw all day within a two-inch space, in, out, up or down. I’ve never seen anyone as good as that. — Hank Aaron describing Juan Marichal
Juan Antonio Marichal Sánchez began baffling hitters the first time he stepped foot on a major league pitchers mound literally.