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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Most Meritorious Player: 1943 Results

Congratulations to Stan Musial, our unanimous pick for the 1943 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Stan Musial	105	7	7
Josh Gibson	86	7	0
Luke Appling	83	7	0
Spud Chandler	80	7	0
Charlie Keller	74	7	0
Lou Boudreau	70	7	0
Bill Nicholson	69	7	0
Joe Gordon	38	4	0
Mort Cooper	31	4	0
Augie Galan	25	3	0
Rudy  York	25	3	0
Johnny Wright	14	2	0
Arky Vaughan	13	2	0
Lou    Klein	12	2	0
Max Lanier	10	1	0
DL from MN Posted: June 06, 2018 at 04:05 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: June 06, 2018 at 04:19 PM (#5687189)
This is Musial's first MMP award but his 10th season appearing on an MMP ballot.

Player #ballots
Musial 10
Gibson 4
Keller 4
Gordon 3
Appling 2
Boudreau 2
Nicholson 2
Cooper 2
Vaughan 2
   2. DL from MN Posted: June 06, 2018 at 04:25 PM (#5687194)
MMP seasons with at least one vote

Bonds 18
Aaron 16
Mays 16
Schmidt 13
Clemens 13
Rickey! 12
Pujols 11
Mathews 11
F Robinson 11
H Wagner 11
Mantle 11
A Rodriguez 10
R Johnson 10
Musial 10
   3. Chris Fluit Posted: June 08, 2018 at 06:38 PM (#5688588)
We're an agreeable lot of late. This is our third straight unanimous election, which is something we've never done before.

Musial joins a fine list of Cardinal MMPs: Bob Gibson ('68), Mark McGwire ('98) and Albert Pujols (2006, '08 and '09). Will he catch Pujols' franchise record of 3? He might just narrow the gap this year.
   4. Chris Fluit Posted: June 08, 2018 at 06:39 PM (#5688590)
Josh Gibson just won his fourth straight Negro League MMP award. That breaks a tie with Rube Foster ('02, '03, '04). However, Gibson only did it with two franchises (Veracruz and Homestead) while Foster won 3 in a row with 3 different franchies (Chicago Union Giants, Cuban X Giants and Philadelphia Giants).
   5. Chris Fluit Posted: June 08, 2018 at 06:42 PM (#5688591)
Luke Appling is the AL MMP. It's somewhat more impressive that Appling won as a White Sock than as a Short Stop. Previous SS winners include Phil Rizzuto ('50), Zoilo Versalles ('65), Robin Yount ('82), Cal Ripken Jr. ('83, '84, '91), Alan Trammell ('87) and Alex Rodriguez ('96, '02, '03) while Ed Walsh ('08) and Frank Thomas ('92, '94) are the only previous winners from Chicago's AL side.
   6. Chris Fluit Posted: June 08, 2018 at 06:45 PM (#5688593)
Spud Chandler is this year's pitching MMP. That makes three straight seasons in which a non-HoMer has won the award, following Thornton Lee and Mort Cooper. Chandler joins Jack Chesbro ('04) and Ron Guidry ('78) as pitching MMPs from the Highlander/Yankee franchise. (Whitey Ford came close in '61 but lost to Warren Spahn in a tiebreaker.)
   7. Chris Fluit Posted: June 08, 2018 at 06:46 PM (#5688594)
Finally, Mort Cooper is the NL pitching MMP. That makes back-to-back NL-only awards for Cooper who was also the overall pitching MMP in 1942.

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