WILLIE, MICKEY AND THE DUKE AWARD

New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America

The Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award is presented annually by the New York Baseball Writers Association to a group of players, or a specific team, forever linked in baseball history.

In New York, three legends once roamed the outfield for all three teams, Willie, Mickey and the Duke. Willie Mays, with the New York Giants; Mickey Mantle, with the New York Yankees; and Duke Snider, with the Brooklyn Dodgers—a legendary trio of baseball personalities who are forever linked in baseball history.

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"I'm talkin' baseball! Like Reggie, Quisenberry. Talkin' baseball! Carew and Gaylord Perry, Seaver, Garvey, Schmidt and Vida Blue, If Cooperstown is calling, it's no fluke. They'll be with Willie, Mickey, and the Duke." - Terry Cashman (Lyrics to Willie, Mickey & The Duke , 1981, PKM Music)

Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award

By The New York Baseball Writers Association

1995
Willie Mays (New York Giants Outfielder)
Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees Outfielder)
Duke Snider (Brooklyn Dodgers Outfielder)
1996
Phil Rizzuto (New York Yankees Shortstop)
Pee Wee Reese (Brooklyn Dodgers Shortstop)
Al Dark (New York Giants Shortstop)
1997
Cleon Jones (New York Mets Outfielder)
Tommie Agee (New York Mets Outfielder)
Ron Swoboda (New York Mets Outfielder)

1998

Warren Spahn (Braves Pitcher / Spahn & Sain )
Johnny Sain (Braves Pitcher / Spahn & Sain )
1999
Tom Seaver (New York Mets Pitcher)
Jerry Koosman (New York Mets Pitcher)

2000

2001
2002
Joe Torre (New York Yankees Manager)
Don Zimmer (New York Yankees Coach)
Mel Stottlemyre (New York Yankees Coach)
2003
2004
Keith Hernandez (New York Mets First Baseman)
Don Mattingly (New York Yankees First Baseman)
2005
The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers (The Boys of Summer)
2006

2007

2008
Bob Gibson (Summer of '68)
Denny McLain (Summer of '68)
Luis Tiant (Summer of '68)
2009
Ed Kranepool (Career Mets Player, Fan Favorite)
Bernie Williams (Career Yankees Player, Fan Favorite)
2010
Derek Jeter (Longtime Yankees Teammates)
Mariano Rivera (Longtime Yankees Teammates)
Andy Pettitte (Longtime Yankees Teammates)
Jorge Posada (Longtime Yankees Teammates)
2011
Joe Torre (Longtime Career Manager)
Bobby Cox (Longtime Career Manager)
Lou Piniella (Longtime Career Manager)
2012
The 1962 New York Mets (The Amazin' Mets)
2013
Hank Aaron (Hit Home Run #715)
Al Downing (Surrendered Home Run #715)
2014
Bob Hendley (1965 Perfect Game Losing Pitcher)
Sandy Koufax (1965 Perfect Game Winning Pitcher)
Vin Scully (1965 Perfect Game Announcer)
2015
2016
Dellin Betances (Formidable Trio of Yankees )
Aroldis Chapman (Formidable Trio of Yankees )
Andrew Miller (Formidable Trio of Yankees )
2017
2018
1969 New York Mets (The Miracle Mets)
2019
Luis Sojo ( 2000 World Series / Game 5 / 9th Inning Game-Winning Hit)
2020
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CBS 2, New York, covered the 2011 New York Baseball Writers Association Dinner Gala and shared this story of the winners on stage:

Joe Torre , Bobby Cox and Lou Piniella stood together behind the podium, a trio of retiring managers honored for a combined 81 years leading major league clubs. "Played the game for 16 years and then had an opportunity to manager five different ballclubs, very special teams," Torre said. "But you know when you managed five teams that means you've been fired a few times." The hotel ballroom audience laughed. The three were presented the Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America's New York chapter on Saturday night, introduced by Yankees manager Joe Girardi to cap the annual dinner.

Source: CBS 2, New York, January 22, 2011, 'Torre, Cox, Piniella Honored by BBWAA.

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Did you notice which receipient won the Willie, Mickey and the Duke Award more than once? It's happened only once to date (2002 & 2011).

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