Baseball awards, given to those people who make significant contributions or reach the highest levels of professionalism within the game of baseball, serve two purposes. First, each annual baseball award represents the highest honor players, managers, and other professionals can receive to celebrate greatness. Additionally, the baseball awards serve as baseball's time capsule — triggering memories within those who love the sport, allowing them to fondly remember the heroes who have made baseball our National Pastime.
Expanding much like the game of baseball itself, the number of baseball awards celebrating baseball accomplishments has grown exponentially over time. Where once only one baseball award chronicled the greatest achievements of the game's greatest players, now a multitude of baseball awards serve to note achievements of a growing baseball industry — from elements of game play in the majors, minors, and collegiate levels, to managers and general managers, and now to the members of the broadcasting, newsprint, and public relations fields.
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the most comprehensive selection of baseball awards found on the Internet. Each baseball award selection lists all of the recipients, a brief history of the award, other interesting facts, and — in some cases — detailed voting results for the award.
"The greatness of Ty Cobb was something that had to be seen, and to see him was to remember him forever." - Hall of Famer George Sisler in Ty Cobb (Charles C. Alexander, Oxford University Press, 05/16/1985, Page 3)
Baseball Awards, Past & Present, Given to Major League Players
The modern Most Valuable Player Award was first given at the end of the 1931 season. A pitcher won in the American League and a second baseman won in the National League. Do you remember who they were?