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World Series Most Valuable Player Award
Awarded for Annual Most Valuable Player of the World Series
Country United States
Presented by Major League Baseball
First awarded 1955
Currently held by David Ortiz, 2013 Boston Red Sox
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Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson won the 1973 and 1977 World Series MVPs. Jackson hit five home runs in the 1977 World Series, and took the nickname "Mr. October".

The World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is given to the player deemed to have the most impact on his team's performance in the World Series,[1] which is the final round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason. The award was first presented in 1955 as the SPORT Magazine Award, but is now decided during the final game of the Series by a committee of reporters and officials present at the game.[2]

The series follows a best-of-seven playoff format, and occurs after the Division Series and the League Championship Series (LCS).[3] It is played by the winners of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and the American League Championship Series (ALCS).[4] The most recent champions are the Boston Red Sox, who won in the 2013 World Series.[5]

Pitchers have been named Series MVP twenty-six times; four of them were relief pitchers. Twelve of the first fourteen World Series MVPs were won by pitchers; from 1969 until 1986, the proportion of pitcher MVPs declined—Rollie Fingers (1974) and Saberhagen (1985) were the only two pitchers to win the award in this period. From 1987 until 1991, all of the World Series MVPs were pitchers, and since 1995, pitchers have won the award eight times. Bobby Richardson of the 1960 New York Yankees is the only player in World Series history to be named MVP despite being on the losing team.

Winners[edit]

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Don Larsen won the World Series MVP in the 1956 World Series with the New York Yankees. Larsen is the only pitcher to pitch a perfect game in World Series history.
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Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson won the 1970 World Series MVP, becoming the first third baseman to win the award.
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Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers won the 1974 World Series MVP with the Oakland Athletics.
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Pete Rose won the 1975 World Series MVP with the Cincinnati Reds, and became the second third baseman to win the award.
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Hall of Famer Johnny Bench won the World Series MVP in the 1976 World Series, becoming the second catcher to win the award.
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Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt won the 1980 World Series MVP with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Steve Yeager was one of the three 1981 World Series MVPs for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Orel Hershiser won the NL Cy Young Award, the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP, all in the 1988 season.
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Tom Glavine won the World Series MVP in the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.
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Randy Johnson (top) and Curt Schilling combined for all four of Arizona Diamondback's wins in the 2001 World Series. Both of them shared the World Series MVP.
Jermaine Dye won the World Series MVP in 2005 World Series with the Chicago White Sox.
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Mike Lowell won the World Series MVP in the 2007 World Series with the Boston Red Sox.
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Cole Hamels, the 2008 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP), was a player to win both this award and the League Championship Series MVP in the same season.
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In 2009, Hideki Matsui became the first Japanese-born player, as well as the first full-time designated hitter, to win the award.
David Freese won the award and the National League Championship Series MVP in the same year for the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.
Pablo Sandoval was MVP in 2012 after hitting a record three home runs in Game 1 for the San Francisco Giants.
Key
Year Links to the article about that corresponding World Series
dagger Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
double-dagger Active player
* Indicates player also won the LCS MVP Award in the same postseason
§ Indicates losing team in the World Series
^ Indicates multiple award winners in the same World Series
(#) Indicates number of times winning World Series MVP at that point (if he won multiple times)
 Year Player Team Position Selected statistics Note
1955 Podres, JohnnyJohnny Podres Brooklyn Dodgers Starting pitcher [6]
1956 Larsen, DonDon Larsen New York Yankees Starting pitcher [8]
1957 Burdette, LewLew Burdette Milwaukee Braves Starting pitcher [9]
1958 Turley, BobBob Turley New York Yankees Pitcher [10]
1959 Sherry, LarryLarry Sherry Los Angeles Dodgers Relief pitcher [11]
1960 Richardson, BobbyBobby Richardson New York Yankees§ Second baseman [12]
1961 Ford, WhiteyWhitey Forddagger New York Yankees Starting pitcher [13]
1962 Terry, RalphRalph Terry New York Yankees Starting pitcher [14]
1963 Koufax, SandySandy Koufaxdagger Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [15]
1964 Gibson, BobBob Gibsondagger St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [16]
1965 Koufax, SandySandy Koufaxdagger (2) Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [17]
1966 Robinson, FrankFrank Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Outfielder [18]
1967 Gibson, BobBob Gibsondagger (2) St. Louis Cardinals Starting pitcher [19]
1968 Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich Detroit Tigers Starting pitcher [20]
1969 Clendenon, DonnDonn Clendenon New York Mets First baseman [21]
1970 Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinsondagger Baltimore Orioles Third baseman [22]
1971 Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clementedagger Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder [23]
1972 Tenace, GeneGene Tenace Oakland Athletics Catcher [24]
1973 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jacksondagger Oakland Athletics Outfielder [25]
1974 Fingers, RollieRollie Fingersdagger Oakland Athletics Relief pitcher [26]
1975 Rose, PetePete Rose Cincinnati Reds Third baseman [27]
1976 Bench, JohnnyJohnny Benchdagger Cincinnati Reds Catcher [28]
1977 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jacksondagger (2) New York Yankees Outfielder [29]
1978 Dent, BuckyBucky Dent New York Yankees Shortstop [30]
1979* Stargell, WillieWillie Stargelldagger Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [31]
1980 Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidtdagger Philadelphia Phillies Third baseman [32]
1981^ Cey, RonRon Cey Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [33]
1981^ Guerrero, PedroPedro Guerrero Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder [33]
1981^ Yeager, SteveSteve Yeager Los Angeles Dodgers Catcher [33]
1982* Porter, DarrellDarrell Porter St. Louis Cardinals Catcher [34]
1983 Dempsey, RickRick Dempsey Baltimore Orioles Catcher [35]
1984 Trammell, AlanAlan Trammell Detroit Tigers Shortstop [36]
1985 Saberhagen, BretBret Saberhagen Kansas City Royals Starting pitcher [37]
1986 Knight, RayRay Knight New York Mets Third baseman [38]
1987 Viola, FrankFrank Viola Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher [39]
1988* Hershiser, OrelOrel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers Starting pitcher [40]
1989 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart Oakland Athletics Starting pitcher [41]
1990 Rijo, JoséJosé Rijo Cincinnati Reds Starting pitcher [42]
1991 Morris, JackJack Morris Minnesota Twins Starting pitcher [43]
1992 Borders, PatPat Borders Toronto Blue Jays Catcher [44]
1993 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitordagger Toronto Blue Jays Third baseman/ Designated hitter [45]
1994
Series cancelled due to player's strike [46]
1995 Glavine, TomTom Glavinedagger Atlanta Braves Starting pitcher [47]
1996 Wetteland, JohnJohn Wetteland New York Yankees Relief pitcher [48]
1997* Hernández, LivánLiván Hernández Florida Marlins Starting pitcher [49][50]
1998 Brosius, ScottScott Brosius New York Yankees Third baseman [51]
1999 Rivera, MarianoMariano Rivera New York Yankees Relief pitcher [52][53]
2000 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeterdouble-dagger New York Yankees Shortstop [54][55]
2001^ Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher [56][57]
2001^ Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling Arizona Diamondbacks Starting pitcher [56][58]
2002 Glaus, TroyTroy Glaus Anaheim Angels Third baseman [59][60]
2003 Beckett, JoshJosh Beckettdouble-dagger Florida Marlins Starting pitcher [61][62]
2004 Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez Boston Red Sox Outfielder [63][64]
2005 Dye, JermaineJermaine Dye Chicago White Sox Outfielder [65][66]
2006 Eckstein, DavidDavid Eckstein St. Louis Cardinals Shortstop [67][68]
2007 Lowell, MikeMike Lowell Boston Red Sox Third baseman [69][70]
2008* Hamels, ColeCole Hamelsdouble-dagger Philadelphia Phillies Starting pitcher [71][72]
2009 Matsui, HidekiHideki Matsui New York Yankees Designated hitter [73][74]
2010 Rentería, EdgarEdgar Rentería San Francisco Giants Shortstop [75][76]
2011* Freese, DavidDavid Freesedouble-dagger St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [77][78]
2012 Sandoval, PabloPablo Sandovaldouble-dagger San Francisco Giants Third baseman [79][80]
2013 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortizdouble-dagger Boston Red Sox Designated hitter/
First baseman
[81][82]
Key
Year Links to the article about that corresponding World Series
dagger Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
double-dagger Active player
* Indicates player also won the LCS MVP Award in the same postseason
§ Indicates losing team in the World Series
^ Indicates multiple award winners in the same World Series
(#) Indicates number of times winning World Series MVP at that point (if he won multiple times)

Notes[edit]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax won the award twice.
  • Three players have won the award twice: Sandy Koufax (1963, 1965), Gibson (1964, 1967), and Jackson (1973, 1977); Jackson is the only player to have won the award with two different teams. There have been two occasions on which multiple winners were awarded in the same World Series: Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, and Steve Yeager in 1981,[33] and Johnson and Schilling in 2001. The duo of Johnson and Schilling combined for all four of Arizona's wins in the 2001 World Series; Johnson had three of them.[56]
  • Twelve of the fifty-eight World Series MVPs have also won the MLB MVP, the Cy Young Award, or the LCS MVP in the same season. Koufax (1963), Frank Robinson (1966), Jackson (1973), Stargell, and Mike Schmidt (1980) are the only players to have won the MLB MVP and the World Series MVP. A total of six players won the Cy Young Award and the World Series MVP in the same season: Bob Turley (1958), Whitey Ford (1961), Koufax (1963, 1965), Bret Saberhagen (1985), Orel Hershiser (1988), and Johnson (2001). Six players have won the World Series MVP in the same season in which they won the LCS MVP: Stargell (1979), Darrell Porter (1982), Hershiser (1988), Liván Hernández (1997), Cole Hamels (2008), and David Freese (2011)—all of them were the NLCS MVPs. Koufax (1963) is the only person to have won the Cy Young Award, the MLB MVP, and the World Series MVP in the same season, while Stargell (1979) is the only person to have won the MLB MVP, the LCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the same season. Hershiser (1988) won the Cy Young Award, the LCS MVP and the World Series MVP in the same season.[95][96][97]

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