In 1954, the year Willie Mays made his epic Game 1 catch at the Polo Grounds in New York, the most replayed highlight in World Series history, there was no World Series most valuable player award. The first World Series MVP was awarded in 1955 to the Dodgers’ Johnny Podres. Now, the award will be named after the great Mays, starting this season – the Willie Mays World Series most valuable player award. “I think that’s a great honor,” Mays said in a phone interview. “It’s an ongoing thing. You never know who’s going to win the World Series or the World Series MVP. Every year, it’s somebody different. This is a wonderful honor.