The Sporting News Player of the Year Award

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This is a list of the Major League Baseball players awarded by Sporting News (formerly TSN, now SN) since 1936 as recipients of the Sporting News Player of the Year. [1]

Player of the Year
Awarded for Most Outstanding Player in Major League Baseball
Country United States
Presented by Sporting News
First awarded 1936
Currently held by Miguel Cabrera

History[edit]

The Sporting News established in 1936 the Player of the Year award. It is the oldest and most prestigious award given to the single player in MLB who had the most outstanding season. Until 1969, it was the only major award given to a single player from MLB, rather than to a player in each league. In 1969, Baseball Digest began its Player of the Year award for one player in all of MLB. In 1993, the first Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award was given. In 1998, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) began its own Player of the Year award, for one player in all of MLB, as part of its Players Choice Awards. Baseball America also began its Major League Player of the Year award in 1998.

Winners[edit]

Key[edit]

Hall of Famer Ted Williams, five-time winner
Hall of Famer Stan Musial, two-time winner
NL National League
AL American League
P Pitcher
C Catcher
1B First baseman
2B Second baseman
3B Third baseman
SS Shortstop
OF Outfielder
BA Batting Average
RBI Runs Batted In
HR Home Runs
W-L Win Loss Record
K Strikeouts
ERA Earned Run Average
SB Stolen Bases
R Runs Scored
Hall of Fame Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Player is active
* Led League

Awardees[edit]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, 2-time winner.
Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, 2-time winner.
Hall of Famer Willie Mays in 1954.
3-time winner Bonds as a Pittsburgh Pirate
3-time winner Rodriquez as a New York Yankee
3-time winner Albert Pujols
2-time winner Cabrera
Hall of Famer Ripken, 2-time winner at Yankee Stadium


Year Name Club League Pos Notes References
1936 Hubbell, CarlCarl HubbellHall of Fame New York Giants NL P W-L: 26*-6, ERA: 2.31*, K: 123 [2] [3]
1937 Allen, JohnnyJohnny Allen Cleveland Indians AL P W-L: 15-1, ERA: 2.55, K: 87 [4] [5]
1938 Vander Meer, JohnnyJohnny Vander Meer Cincinnati Reds NL P W-L: 15-10, ERA: 3.12, K: 125 [6] [7]
1939 DiMaggio, JoeJoe DiMaggioHall of Fame New York Yankees AL OF BA: .381*, RBI: 126, HR: 30 [8] [9]
1940 Feller, BobBob FellerHall of Fame Cleveland Indians AL P W-L: 27*-11, ERA: 2.61*, K: 261*,
AL Triple Crown
[10] [11]
1941 Williams, TedTed WilliamsHall of Fame(1) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .406*, RBI: 120, HR: 37*, Runs: 135*,
BB: 147*
[12] [13]
1942 Williams, TedTed WilliamsHall of Fame(2) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .356*, RBI: 137*, HR: 36*, Runs: 141*,
BB: 145*, MLB Triple Crown
[12] [13]
1943 Chandler, SpudSpud Chandler New York Yankees AL P W-L:20*-4, ERA:1.64*, K:134 [14]
1944 Marion, MartyMarty Marion St. Louis Cardinals NL SS BA: .263, RBI: 63, HR: 6 [15]
1945 Newhouser, HalHal NewhouserHall of Fame Detroit Tigers AL P W-L: 25*-9, ERA: 1.81*, K: 212*,
MLB Triple Crown
[16] [17]
1946 Musial, StanStan MusialHall of Fame(1) St. Louis Cardinals NL 1B BA: .365*, RBI: 103, HR: 16, Runs: 124* [18] [19]
1947 Williams, TedTed WilliamsHall of Fame(3) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .343*, RBI: 114*, HR: 32*, Runs: 125*,
BB: 162*, AL Triple Crown
[12] [13]
1948 Boudreau, LouLou BoudreauHall of Fame Cleveland Indians AL SS BA: .355, RBI: 106, HR: 18 [20]
1949 Williams, TedTed WilliamsHall of Fame(4) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .343, RBI: 159*, HR: 43*, Runs: 150*,
BB: 162*
[12] [13]
1950 Rizzuto, PhilPhil RizzutoHall of Fame New York Yankees AL SS BA: .324, RBI: 66, HR: 7 [21]
1951 Musial, StanStan MusialHall of Fame(2) St. Louis Cardinals NL OF BA: .355*, RBI: 108, HR: 32, Runs: 124 [18] [19]
1952 Roberts, RobinRobin RobertsHall of Fame Philadelphia Phillies NL P W-L: 28*-7, ERA: 2.59, K: 148 [22] [23]
1953 Rosen, AlAl Rosen Cleveland Indians AL 3B BA: .336, RBI: 145, HR: 43 [24]
1954 Mays, WillieWillie MaysHall of Fame New York Giants NL OF BA: .345*, RBI: 110, HR: 41, Runs: 119 [25]
1955 Snider, DukeDuke SniderHall of Fame Brooklyn Dodgers NL OF BA: .309, RBI: 136*, HR: 42, Runs: 126* [26]
1956 Mantle, MickeyMickey MantleHall of Fame New York Yankees AL OF BA: .353*, RBI: 130*, HR: 52*, Runs: 132*,
MLB Triple Crown
[27]
1957 Williams, TedTed WilliamsHall of Fame(5) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .388*, RBI: 87, HR: 38, BB: 119 [12] [13]
1958 Turley, BobBob Turley New York Yankees AL P W-L: 21*-7, ERA: 2.97, K: 168 [28] [29]
1959 Wynn, EarlyEarly WynnHall of Fame Chicago White Sox AL P W-L: 22*-10, ERA: 3.17, K: 179 [30] [31]
1960 Mazeroski, BillBill MazeroskiHall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates NL 2B BA: .273, RBI: 64, HR: 11, Gold Glove [32]
1961 Maris, RogerRoger Maris New York Yankees AL OF BA: .269, RBI: 141*, HR: 61*, Runs: 132*,
Single Season Home Run Record
[33]
1962 Wills, MauryMaury Wills Los Angeles Dodgers NL SS BA: .299, RBI: 48, HR: 6, SB: 104* [34]
1962 Drysdale, DonDon DrysdaleHall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L: 25*-9, ERA: 2.83 K: 232* [35] [36]
1963 Koufax, SandySandy KoufaxHall of Fame(1) Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L: 25*-5, ERA: 1.88* K: 306*,
MLB Triple Crown
[37] [38]
1964 Boyer, KenKen Boyer St. Louis Cardinals NL 3B BA: .295, RBI: 119*, HR: 24 [39]
1965 Koufax, SandySandy KoufaxHall of Fame(2) Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L: 26*-8, ERA: 2.04* K: 382*,
MLB Triple Crown
[37] [38]
1966 Robinson, FrankFrank RobinsonHall of Fame Baltimore Orioles AL OF BA: .316*, RBI: 122*, HR: 49*, Runs: 122,
AL Triple Crown
1967 Yastrzemski, CarlCarl YastrzemskiHall of Fame Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .326*, RBI: 121*, HR: 44*, Runs: 112*,
AL Triple Crown
1968 McLain, DennyDenny McLain Detroit Tigers AL P W-L: 31*-6, ERA: 1.96 K: 280 [40] [41]
1969 McCovey, WillieWillie McCoveyHall of Fame San Francisco Giants NL 1B BA: .320, RBI: 126*, HR: 45*
1970 Bench, JohnnyJohnny BenchHall of Fame Cincinnati Reds NL C BA: .293, RBI: 148*, HR: 45*
1971 Torre, JoeJoe Torre St. Louis Cardinals NL 3B BA: .363*, RBI: 137, HR: 24
1972 Williams, BillyBilly WilliamsHall of Fame Chicago Cubs NL OF BA: .333*, RBI: 122, HR: 37
1973

Jackson, ReggieReggie JacksonHall of Fame

Oakland Athletics AL OF BA: .293, RBI: 117*, HR: 32*, Runs: 99*
1974 Brock, LouLou BrockHall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals NL OF BA: .306, RBI: 48, HR: 3, SB: 118*, R: 105
1975 Morgan, JoeJoe MorganHall of Fame(1) Cincinnati Reds NL 2B BA: .327, RBI: 94, HR: 17, SB: 67, R: 107
1976 Morgan, JoeJoe MorganHall of Fame(2) Cincinnati Reds NL 2B BA: .320, RBI: 111, HR: 27, SB: 60, R: 113
1977 Carew, RodRod CarewHall of Fame Minnesota Twins AL 1B BA: .388*, RBI: 100, HR: 14, SB: 23, R: 128*
1978 Guidry, RonRon Guidry New York Yankees AL P W-L: 25*-3, ERA: 1.74* K: 248 [42] [43]
1979 Stargell, WillieWillie StargellHall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates NL 1B BA: .281, RBI: 82, HR: 32
1980 Brett, GeorgeGeorge BrettHall of Fame Kansas City Royals AL 3B BA: .390*, RBI: 118, HR: 24
1981 Valenzuela, FernandoFernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L 13-7, ERA: 2.48 K: 180* [44] [45]
1982 Yount, RobinRobin YountHall of Fame Milwaukee Brewers AL SS BA: .331 RBI: 114, HR: 29
1983 Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr.Hall of Fame(1) Baltimore Orioles AL SS BA: .318 RBI: 102, HR: 27, Runs: 121*
1984 Sandberg, RyneRyne SandbergHall of Fame Chicago Cubs NL 2B BA: .314 RBI: 84, HR: 19, Runs: 114
1985 Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly New York Yankees AL 1B BA: .324 RBI: 145*, HR: 35
1986 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens Boston Red Sox AL P W-L: 24*-4, ERA: 2.48*, K: 238 [46] [47]
1987 Bell, GeorgeGeorge Bell Toronto Blue Jays AL OF BA: .308 RBI: 134*, HR: 47
1988 Hershiser, OrelOrel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L: 23*-8, ERA: 2.26, K: 178 [48] [49]
1989 Mitchell, KevinKevin Mitchell San Francisco Giants NL OF BA: .291 RBI: 125*, HR: 47*
1990 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds(1) Pittsburgh Pirates NL OF BA: .301, RBI: 114, HR: 33 [50] [51]
1991

Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr.Hall of Fame(2)

Baltimore Orioles AL SS BA: .323, RBI: 114, HR: 34
1992 Sheffield, GaryGary Sheffield San Diego Padres NL OF BA: .330*, RBI: 100, HR: 33
1993 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas Hall of Fame Chicago White Sox AL 1B BA: .317, RBI: 128, HR: 41
1994 Bagwell, JeffJeff Bagwell Houston Astros NL 1B BA: .368, RBI: 116*, HR: 39, Runs: 104*
1995 Belle, AlbertAlbert Belle Cleveland Indians AL OF BA: .317, RBI: 126*, HR: 50*, Runs: 121*
1996 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez(1) Seattle Mariners AL SS BA: .358*, RBI: 123, HR: 36, Runs: 141* [52] [53]
1997 Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners AL OF BA: .304, RBI: 147*, HR: 56*, Runs: 125
1998 Sosa, SammySammy Sosa Chicago Cubs NL OF BA: .308, RBI: 158*, HR: 66, Runs: 134*
1999 Palmeiro, RafaelRafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers AL 1B BA: .324, RBI: 148, HR: 47
2000 Delgado, CarlosCarlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays AL 1B BA: .344, RBI: 137, HR: 41, Runs: 115
2001 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds(2) San Francisco Giants NL OF BA: .328, RBI: 137, HR: 73*, Runs: 129,
BB: 177*, Single Season Home Run Record
[50] [51]
2002 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez(2) Texas Rangers AL SS BA: .300, RBI: 142*, HR: 57*, Runs: 125,
Gold Glove
[52] [53]
2003 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols(1) St. Louis Cardinals NL 1B BA: .359*, RBI: 124, HR: 43, Runs: 137* [54] [55]
2004 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds(3) San Francisco Giants NL OF BA: .362*, RBI: 101, HR: 45, Runs: 129,
BB: 232*
[50] [51]
2005 Jones, AndruwAndruw Jones Atlanta Braves NL OF BA: .263, RBI: 128, HR: 51*, Runs: 95*,
Gold Glove
2006 Howard, RyanRyan Howard Philadelphia Phillies NL 1B BA: .313, RBI: 149*, HR: 58*, Runs: 104
2007 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez(3) New York Yankees AL 3B BA: .314, RBI: 156*, HR: 54*, Runs: 143* [52] [53]
2008 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols(2) St. Louis Cardinals NL 1B BA: .357, RBI: 116, HR: 37, Runs: 100 [54] [55]
2009 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols(3) St. Louis Cardinals NL 1B BA: .327, RBI: 135, HR: 47* [54] [55]
2010 Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamilton Texas Rangers AL OF BA: .359*, RBI: 100, HR: 32
2011 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander Detroit Tigers AL P W-L: 24*-5, ERA: 240*, K: 250*,
AL Triple Crown
[56] [57]
2012 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera(1) Detroit Tigers AL 3B BA: .330*, RBI: 139*, HR: 44*, Runs: 109,
AL Triple Crown
[58] [59]
2013 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera(2) Detroit Tigers AL 3B BA: .348*, RBI: 137, HR: 44, Runs: 103 [58] [59]

Multiple Wins[edit]

Players[edit]

Several players have won the award more than once. Ted Williams, Joe Morgan, Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera are the only players to win the award in consecutive years. Ted Williams won the award five times. Sandy Koufax is the only pitcher to win the award more than once. Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds are the only players to win the award while playing with different teams. Stan Musial and Alex Rodriguez are the only players to win the award while playing different positions. The only tie was in 1962, when Don Drysdale and Maury Wills shared the honor.

Winning multiple SN Player of the Year awards has been seen as guaranteed admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Barry Bonds is the only player with multiple awards, eligible for the Hall of Fame, but not a member of the Hall of Fame. The table is of the Players that have won two or more awards and the year they were inducted into Major League Baseball Hall of Fame sorted by the year they entered the Hall of Fame.[60]


Player # of Awards Years Year inducted into HOF
Ted Williams Hall of Fame
5
1941–1942, 1947, 1949, 1957
1966
Stan Musial Hall of Fame
2
1946, 1951
1969
Sandy Koufax Hall of Fame
2
1963, 1965
1972
Joe Morgan Hall of Fame
2
1975–1976
1990
Cal Ripken Jr. Hall of Fame
2
1983, 1991
2007
Barry Bonds
3
1990, 2001, 2004
-
Albert Pujols
3
2003, 2008–2009
Not eligible
Alex Rodriguez
3
1996, 2002, 2007
Not eligible
Miguel Cabrera
2
2012–2013
Not eligible

Outfielder and Pitchers have won the award most. Stan Musial and Alex Rodriguez are the only players that had won the award at one position then went on to win the award at a second position.

Position # of Awards
Outfield 26
Pitcher 18
First Baseman 13
Shortstop   9
Third Baseman   7
Second Baseman   4
Catcher   1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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