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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Most Meritorious Player: 1937 Results

Congratulations to our Most Meritorious Player: Josh Gibson!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Josh Gibson	131	9	7
Joe DiMaggio	118	9	1
Joe Medwick	105	8	1
Lefty Gomez	91	9	0
Lou Gehrig	88	8	0
Hank Greenberg	84	9	0
Bill Dickey	63	6	0
Cha Gehringer	54	7	0
Lefty Grove	51	5	0
Johnny Mize	34	4	0
Hilton Smith	31	4	0
Willard Brown	27	3	0
Harlond Clift	22	3	0
Mel Ott	15	2	0
Billy Herman	11	1	0
Ray Brown	7	1	0
Dick Bartell	7	1	0
Luke Appling	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2021 at 04:55 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2021 at 05:01 PM (#6017140)
This is Josh Gibson's second MMP award and his 12th season appearing on a ballot.

Player Name # times on ballot
Josh Gibson 12
Lou Gehrig 12
Lefty Grove 10
Joe DiMaggio 8
Mel Ott 8
Charlie Gehringer 6
Johnny Mize 6
Ray Brown 5
Luke Appling 5
Hank Greenberg 5
Joe Medwick 3
Lefty Gomez 3
Bill Dickey 3
   2. DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2021 at 10:28 PM (#6017224)
12 times on a ballot for Josh Gibson ties John Henry Lloyd for most by a Negro Leaguer. Gibson is the only Negro League player to win the MMP.
   3. DL from MN Posted: May 05, 2021 at 10:33 PM (#6017225)
Players with 12+ times on ballot and two or more MMP awards

Player # MMP
Bonds 18 7
Ruth 17 10
Speaker 17 2
Mays 16 7
Cobb 15 4
Hornsby 14 3
Musial 14 2
T Williams 13 4
H Wagner 13 4
Schmidt 13 2
W Johnson 12 2
Gibson 12 2
Gehrig 12 2
   4. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 06, 2021 at 09:09 AM (#6017265)
Man, if Gibson wasn't the greatest backstop of all-time, I don't know who was.
   5. DL from MN Posted: May 06, 2021 at 10:17 AM (#6017278)
Gibson has two more seasons to add to his resume also. Here are the other top catchers by MMP appearances

Gary Carter 9
Yogi Berra 9
Mike Piazza 7 (MMP 1997)
Ted Simmons 6
Ivan Rodriguez 5
Johnny Bench 5
Roy Campanella 5
Joe Mauer 5
Buster Posey 5
Carlton Fisk 5
Jorge Posada 4
Mickey Cochrane 4
Gabby Hartnett 3
Bill Dickey 3
Bill Freehan 3
   6. TomH Posted: May 06, 2021 at 03:14 PM (#6017356)
Yes Grandma, while there are many (most!) positions for which "who is the all time best" is a great debate... if I had to pick the most obvious, it would either be Babe in a corner outfield spot, or Josh behind the dish; leaning toward Josh!
   7. bjhanke Posted: May 25, 2021 at 12:59 AM (#6020701)
I'm inclined to agree about Josh Gibson, but there is one point that is legitimate against him - he was a good, but not Gold Gove, defender, by all accounts from contemporary observers. If he's not the best catcher ever, then the catcher who is better than he is will be a Gold Glove with an outstanding bat. Berra, Bench, Buck Ewing, those guys. The bat won't be as good as Josh's, but the glove would be better. Having no idea how to tease catcher defense numbers out of Negro League stats, I have no way to quantify this.

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