MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD

Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player (BBWAA)

There have been three different official most valuable player awards in Major League Baseball history, since 1911; the Chalmers Award (1911-1914), the League Award (1922-1929), and the Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (MVP).

The MVP was first awarded in 1931, and its full title was the Baseball Writers Most Valuable Player Award, or the M.V.P. by the rest of us, and it is presented annually by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

It is considered by Major League Baseball as the only official Most Valuable Player Award and symbolizes the pinnacle of a player's personal achievement during any single season of play. The winners receive the Kenesaw Mountain Landis Baseball Memorial Award, named in honor of the first Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

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"Those MVP's are really eating you up, aren't they?" - Robin Yount in a Miller Lite Commercial, "Yea, they are." - 1980 MVP Recipient & Hall of Famer George Brett

American League Most Valuable Player Award Winners

American League Most Valuable Player Award Winners

BBWAA American League Most Valuable Player Award

Philadelphia
P
L
Philadelphia
1B
R
Philadelphia
1B
R
Detroit
C
L
Detroit
1B
R
New York
1B
L
Detroit
2B
L
Boston
1B
R
New York
OF
R
Detroit
OF
R
New York
OF
R
New York
2B
R
New York
P
R
Detroit
P
L
Detroit
P
L
Boston
OF
L
New York
OF
R
Cleveland
SS
R
Boston
OF
L
New York
SS
R
New York
C
L
Philadelphia
P
R
Cleveland
3B
R
New York
C
L
New York
C
L
New York
OF
B
New York
OF
B
Boston
OF
R
Chicago
2B
L
New York
OF
L
New York
OF
L
New York
OF
B
New York
C
R
Baltimore
3B
R
Minnesota
SS
R
Baltimore
OF
R
Boston
OF
L
Detroit
P
R
Minnesota
3B
R
Baltimore
1B
L
Oakland
P
B
Chicago
1B
R
Oakland
OF
L
Texas
OF
R
Boston
OF
L
New York
C
R
Minnesota
1B
L
Boston
OF
R
California
DH
R
Kansas City
3B
L
Milwaukee
P
R
Milwaukee
SS
R
Baltimore
SS
R
Detroit
P
L
New York
1B
L
Boston
P
R
Toronto
OF
R
Oakland
OF
R
Milwaukee
OF
R
Oakland
OF
R
Baltimore
SS
R
Oakland
P
R
Chicago
1B
R
Chicago
1B
R
Boston
1B
L
Texas
OF
R
Seattle
OF
L
Texas
OF
R
Texas
C
R
Oakland
1B
L
Seattle
OF
L
Oakland
SS
R
Texas
SS
R
Anaheim
OF
R
New York
3B
R
Minnesota
1B
L
New York
3B
R
Boston
2B
R
Minnesota
C
L
Texas
OF
L
Detroit
P
R
Detroit
3B
R
Detroit
3B
R
Los Angeles
OF
R
Toronto
3B
R
Los Angeles
OF
R
Houston
SS
R
Boston
OF
R
Los Angeles
OF
R
2020
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National League Most Valuable Player Award Winners

National League Most Valuable Player Award Winners

BBWAA National League Most Valuable Player Award

St. Louis
2B
B
Philadelphia
OF
L
New York
P
R
St. Louis
P
R
Chicago
C
R
New York
P
R
St. Louis
OF
R
Cincinnati
C
R
Cincinnati
P
R
Cincinnati
1B
R
Brooklyn
1B
L
St. Louis
P
R
St. Louis
OF
L
St. Louis
SS
R
Chicago
1B
L
St. Louis
1B
L
Boston
3B
R
St. Louis
OF
L
Brooklyn
2B
R
Philadelphia
P
R
Brooklyn
C
R
Chicago
OF
R
Brooklyn
C
R
New York
OF
R
Brooklyn
C
R
Brooklyn
P
L
Milwaukee
OF
R
Chicago
SS
R
Chicago
SS
R
Pittsburgh
SS
R
Cincinnati
OF
R
Los Angeles
SS
B
Los Angeles
P
R
St. Louis
3B
R
San Francisco
OF
R
Pittsburgh
OF
R
St. Louis
1B
R
St. Louis
P
R
San Francisco
1B
L
Cincinnati
C
R
St. Louis
3B
R
Cincinnati
C
R
Cincinnati
OF
B
Los Angeles
1B
R
Cincinnati
2B
L
Cincinnati
2B
L
Cincinnati
OF
R
Pittsburgh
OF
L
St. Louis
1B
L
Pittsburgh
1B
L
Philadelphia
3B
R
Philadelphia
3B
R
Atlanta
OF
R
Atlanta
OF
R
Chicago
2B
R
St. Louis
OF
B
Philadelphia
3B
R
Chicago
OF
R
Los Angeles
OF
L
San Francisco
OF
R
Pittsburgh
OF
L
Atlanta
3B
B
Pittsburgh
OF
L
San Francisco
OF
L
Houston
1B
R
Cincinnati
SS
R
San Diego
3B
B
Colorado
OF
L
Chicago
OF
R
Atlanta
3B
B
San Francisco
2B
R
San Francisco
OF
L
San Francisco
OF
L
San Francisco
OF
L
San Francisco
OF
L
St. Louis
1B
R
Philadelphia
1B
L
Philadelphia
SS
B
St. Louis
1B
R
St. Louis
1B
R
Cincinnati
1B
L
Milwaukee
OF
R
San Francisco
C
R
Pittsburgh
OF
R
Los Angeles
P
L
Washington
OF
R
Chicago
3B
R
Miami
OF
R
Milwaukee
OF
L
Los Angeles
OF
L
2020
Not Yet Announced (x)
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Did you know that Don Newcombe was the first player to win a Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award AND he did it during the same season (1956)?

Did you know that Hank Greenberg (first base in 1935, outfield in 1940), Stan Musial (outfield in 1943, first base in 1946, outfield in 1948), Robin Yount (shortstop in 1982, outfield in 1989), and Alex Rodriguez (shortstop in 2003, third base in 2005, third base in 2007) are the only players to win a Most Valuable Player Award at more than one position?

Frank Robinson was the first, and still the only, player to win a Most Valuable Player Award from both the American and National League.

During the 1975 season Fred Lynn became the first rookie to win a Most Valuable Player Award — a feat that remained unmatched until Ichiro Suzuki won in 2001.

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