On this day in Alabama history: Willie Mays named MVP  

On this day in Alabama history: Willie Mays named MVP  
U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledges baseball hall of famer Willie Mays (seated right) as he welcomes the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants during an event on the South Lawn of the White House July 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama honored the team for their World Series sweep against the Detroit Tigers last October. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Nov. 9, 1965  

Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award for the second time. Mays, a native of Westfield in Jefferson County, is regarded as one of the top players in major league history, and in 1965 had one of his best seasons. He hit a career-high 52 home runs, drove in 112 runs and had a .317 batting average. Also during that season, he hit his 500th career home run. However, the Giants finished in second place in the NL, behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The MVP award was the second for Mays, who also received the honor in 1954.

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