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The Sporting News Awards

Major League Player of the Year

Major League Player of the Year | Player and Pitcher of the Year | Fireman of the Year | Rookie of the Year | Manager of the Year


Player's career number of awards won indicated in parentheses.

    Year Major Leagues
    1998 Sammy Sosa, Chi-N, OF (1)
    1997 Ken Griffey Jr., Sea-A, OF (1)
    1996 Alex Rodriguez, Sea-A, SS (1)
    1995 Albert Belle, Cle-A, OF (1)
    1994 Jeff Bagwell, Hou-N, 1B (1)
    1993 Frank Thomas, Chi-A, 1B (1)
    1992 Gary Sheffield, SD-N, OF (1)
    1991 Cal Ripken Jr., Bal-A, SS (2)
    1990 Barry Bonds, Pit-N, OF (1)
    1989 Kevin Mitchell, SF-N, OF (1)
    1988 Orel Hershiser, LA-N, P (1)
    1987 George Bell, Tor-A, OF (1)
    1986 Roger Clemens, Bos-A, P (1)
    1985 Don Mattingly, NY-A, 1B (1)
    1984 Ryne Sandberg, Chi-N, 2B (1)
    1983 Cal Ripken Jr., Bal-A, SS (1)
    1982 Robin Yount, Mil-A, SS (1)
    1981 Fernando Valenzuela, LA-N, P (1)
    1980 George Brett, KC-A, 3B (1)
    1979 Willie Stargell, Pit-N, 1B (1)
    1978 Ron Guidry, NY-A, P (1)
    1977 Rod Carew, Min-A, 1B (1)
    1976 Joe Morgan, Cin-N, 2B (2)
    1975 Joe Morgan, Cin-N, 2B (1)
    1974 Lou Brock, StL-N, OF (1)
    1973 Reggie Jackson, Oak-A, OF (1)
    1972 Billy Williams, Chi-N, OF (1)
    1971 Joe Torre, StL-N, 3B (1)
    1970 Johnny Bench, Cin-N, C (1)
    1969 Willie McCovey, SF-N, 1B (1)
    1968 Denny McLain, Det-A, P (1)
    1967 Carl Yastrzemski, Bos-A, OF (1)
    1966 Frank Robinson, Bal-A, OF (1)
    1965 Sandy Koufax, LA-N, P (2)
    1964 Ken Boyer, StL-N, 3B (1)
    1963 Sandy Koufax, LA-N, P (1)
    1962 Don Drysdale, LA-N, P (1)
    1962 Maury Wills, LA-N, SS (1)
    1961 Roger Maris, NY-A, OF (1)
    1960 Bill Mazeroski, Pit-N, 2B (1)
    1959 Early Wynn, Chi-A, P (1)
    1958 Bob Turley, NY-A, P (1)
    1957 Ted Williams, Bos-A, OF (5)
    1956 Mickey Mantle, NY-A, OF (1)
    1955 Duke Snider, Bro-N, OF (1)
    1954 Willie Mays, NY-N, OF (1)
    1953 Al Rosen, Cle-A, 3B (1)
    1952 Robin Roberts, Phi-N, P (1)
    1951 Stan Musial, StL-N, OF (2)
    1950 Phil Rizzuto, NY-A, SS (1)
    1949 Ted Williams, Bos-A, OF (4)
    1948 Lou Boudreau, Cle-A, SS (1)
    1947 Ted Williams, Bos-A, OF (3)
    1946 Stan Musial, StL-N, 1B (1)
    1945 Hal Newhouser, Det-A, P (1)
    1944 Marty Marion, StL-N, SS (1)
    1943 Spud Chandler, NY-A, P (1)
    1942 Ted Williams, Bos-A, OF (2)
    1941 Ted Williams, Bos-A, OF (1)
    1940 Bob Feller, Cle-A, P (1)
    1939 Joe DiMaggio, NY-A, OF (1)
    1938 Johnny VanderMeer, Cin-N, P (1)
    1937 Johnny Allen, Cle-A, P (1)
    1936 Carl Hubbell, NY-N, P (1)