Most Valuable Player Award

Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player

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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American League Most Valuable Player Award Winners

American League

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

Not Yet Announced (11-2020)

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National League Most Valuable Player Award Winners

National League

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 (11-2020)

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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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