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Most Meritorious Player: 1956 Results

Congratulations to Mickey Mantle on his unanimous 1956 MMP award. This is Mantle’s 2nd MMP award, he previously won the 1961 honor.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Mickey Mantle	180	12	12
Early Wynn	150	12	0
Yogi Berra	147	12	0
Duke Snider	144	12	0
Herb Score	120	11	0
Henry Aaron	118	12	0
Willie Mays	103	10	0
Al Kaline	65	8	0
Minnie Minoso	47	6	0
Frank Robinson	36	5	0
Don Newcombe	26	4	0
Junior Gilliam	26	3	0
Eddie Mathews	21	3	0
John Antonelli	19	2	0
Ed Bailey	12	2	0
Ted Williams	11	1	0
Frank Lary	8	1	0
Harvey Kuenn	7	1	0
Ernie Banks	7	1	0
Richie Ashburn	7	1	0
Warren Spahn	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:10 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. DL from MN Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:18 PM (#4765789)
Updating for 1956 results

Player: Number of years on MMP ballots
Mays, Aaron: 12
Frank Robinson: 8
Berra, Mantle, Mathews: 7
Kaline, Ashburn, Spahn: 5
Ted Williams, Snider: 4
   2. DL from MN Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4765797)
Winners of multiple MMP awards

Mays: 5
Morgan: 3
Schmidt, Mantle, Robinson, Trout: 2
   3. Qufini Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4765803)
You left off Ripken. Cal went back to back in '83 and '84.

Edit: Yaz also won 2: 1967 and '70.
   4. Qufini Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4765810)
oops, double post.
   5. Qufini Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:33 PM (#4765814)
Congratulations to Mickey Mantle on his first- but not last- MMP. As DL noted, he's already won for 1961 (and he looks pretty good for 1957 based on the current discussion thread). In addition to his two MMPs, Mantle was also the top AL player in both '55 and '62.
   6. DL from MN Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4765816)
Thanks. I overlooked Yaz but didn't have Ripken marked correctly.
   7. Qufini Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4765820)
Congratulations to Early Wynn on being named the pitching MMP for 1956. Wynn finished second in the voting in a bit of surprise, sneaking ahead of position players Berra and Snider. This is Wynn's first pitching MMP. However, he also won the AL-only version of the award in 1951 and '54- though he needed run-off victories both times.
   8. Qufini Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4765830)
Congratulations to Duke Snider on winning the NL MMP. Snider beat out Hank Aaron and Willie Mays for his first award. The NL MMP has been almost exclusively a New York City affair in the 1950s. Philadelphia's Robin Roberts (1953) is the only winner so far who didn't play for either New York or Brooklyn. The two rivals are tied 3 to 3 in this decade with Eddie Stanky ('50) and Willie Mays ('54, '55) winning for the Giants and Jackie Robinson ('51, '52) and Duke Snider ('56) winning for the Dodgers.
   9. Qufini Posted: August 06, 2014 at 04:43 PM (#4765833)
Congratulations to Don Newcombe on being named the NL pitching MMP. Newcombe ended Robin Roberts' five year streak (1951 to '55) while beating out Johnny Antonelli and Warren Spahn. Newcombe joined an illustrious club of Dodger winners: Sandy Koufax ('63, '65, '66), Don Drysdale ('64), Fernando Valenzuela ('81), Orel Hershiser ('87, '88) and Clayton Kershaw ('12, '13 and counting).

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