Tip O'Neill Award

The Canadian Baseball Player Who Best Exemplifies the Highest Ideals

The Tip O'Neill Award is presented annually by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to the Canadian born ballplayer judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball's highest ideals.

The Tip O'Neill Award was created by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and first presented in 1984. It is named after James Tip O'Neill, one of the first Canadian super stars in Major League Baseball.

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"Our philosophy is simply that we do what we do for the team - the 'me' part doesn't enter the equation. That being said, I'm more than happy to receive this honor and anytime you put my name next to Larry Walker's you go right ahead." - Justin Morneau (Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Press Release, 12/15/2006)

Tip O'Neill Award

By The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

1984

Terry Puhl (1 | CBHOF )

Right Fielder

1985

Dave Shipanoff (1)

Pitcher

1986

Rob Ducey (1 | CBHOF )

Center Fielder

1987

Larry Walker (1 | CBHOF )

Left Fielder

1988

Kevin Reimer (1)

Designated Hitter

1989

Steve Wilson (1)

Pitcher

1990

Larry Walker (2 | CBHOF )

Right Fielder

1991

Daniel Brabant (1)

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1992

Larry Walker (3 | CBHOF )

Right Fielder

1993

Rob Butler (1)

Left Fielder

1994

Larry Walker (4 | CBHOF )

Right Fielder

1995

Larry Walker (5 | CBHOF )

Right Fielder

1996

Jason Dickson (1)

Pitcher

1997

Larry Walker (6 | CBHOF )

Right Fielder

1998

Larry Walker (7 | CBHOF )

Right Fielder

1999

Jeff Zimmerman (1)

Pitcher

2000

Ryan Dempster (1)

Pitcher

2001

Corey Koskie (1)

Third Baseman

Larry Walker (8 | CBHOF )

Right Fielder

2002

Eric Gagne (1)

Pitcher

Larry Walker (9 | CBHOF )

Right Fielder

2003

Eric Gagne (2)

Pitcher

2004

Jason Bay (1)

Left Fielder

2005

Jason Bay (2)

Left Fielder

2006

Justin Morneau (1)

First Baseman

2007

Russell Martin (1)

Catcher

2008

Justin Morneau (2)

First Baseman

2009

Jason Bay (3)

Left Fielder

2010 Joey Votto (1) First Baseman
2011 John Axford (1) Pitcher
Joey Votto (2) First Baseman
2012 Joey Votto (3) First Baseman
2013 Joey Votto (4) First Baseman
2014 Justin Morneau (3) First Baseman
2015 Joey Votto (5) First Baseman
2016 Joey Votto (6) First Baseman
2017 Joey Votto (7) First Baseman
2018 James Paxton (1) Pitcher

2019

Not Yet Announced (11-2019)

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Justin Mourneau , the 2006 recipient, said, "I used to pretend I was Larry Walker batting whiffle balls around my backyard, versus getting into mischief or wasting my time doing other dumb things. If I can influence some Canadian kids to do something wholesome like that by being a role model, that would be the best thing about winning this award."

A Tip O'Neill Award breakdown of recipients by positions played: nine pitchers, eleven right fielders, eleven first basemen, six left fielders, one center fielder, one designated hitter, one third baseman and one catcher.

Did you know that the award itself is named after outfielder Tip O'Neill — a 19th century star that finished his Major League career with a .335 batting average and hit .485 in 1887?

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