December 16, 1954
Willie Mays becomes the first player to win the Most Valuable Player Award in his first full year in the majors. 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 military 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. 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 military service in the U.S. Army