Complete List Of Major League Baseball World Series MVPs

Complete List Of Major League Baseball World Series MVPs

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Our Complete List Of Major League Baseball World Series MVPs article presents a list of all Most Valuable Player awards since the award was first introduced in the 1955 World Series. The MVP of the World Series is one of the most exciting single-player awards in sports. The player that wins the award is usually the most deserving based on many factors but usually the key point is that the particular player played the biggest role in helping their team win the World Series.

The MVP award can be a very interesting award because sometimes it has gone to a player who was not the biggest star throughout the entire season. Of course, it’s also gone to players that always stood up throughout the year having great seasons, and then took their game to a whole new level in the postseason. It’s why Reggie Jackson was called Mr. October. Here’s a fun list to look at of all the World Series’ most valuable players starting with Johnny Padres in 1955.

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1955 – Johnny Podres, Brooklyn Dodgers

Born in 1932 in Witherbee, New York. He played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1953-1966), Detroit Tigers (1966-1967), and San Diego Padres (1969).

1956 – Don Larsen, New York Yankees

Born in 1929 in Michigan City, Indiana. He played for the St. Louis Browns (1953-1954), Baltimore Orioles (1954), New York Yankees (1955-1959), Kansas City Athletics (1960-1961), Chicago White Sox (1961), San Francisco Giants (1962-1964), Houston Colt .45s/Astros (1964-1965), Baltimore Orioles (1965), and Chicago Cubs (1967).

1957 – Lew Burdette, Milwaukee Braves

Born in 1926 in Nitro, West Virginia. He played for the New York Yankees (1950), Boston/Milwaukee Braves (1951-1963), St. Louis Cardinals (1963-1964), Chicago Cubs (1964-1965), Philadelphia Phillies (1965), and California Angels (1966-1967).

1958 – Bob Turley, New York Yankees

Born in 1930 in Troy, Illinois. He played for the St. Louis Browns (1951-1952), Baltimore Orioles (1954), New York Yankees (1955-1962), Los Angeles Angels (1962-1963), and Boston Red Sox (1963).

1959 – Larry Sherry, Los Angeles Dodgers

Born in 1935 in Los Angeles, California. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1958-1963), Detroit Tigers (1964-1967), and Houston Astros (1967).

1960 – Bobby Richardson, New York Yankees

Born in 1935 in Sumter, South Carolina. He played exclusively for the New York Yankees (1955-1966).

1961 – Whitey Ford, New York Yankees

Born in 1928 in New York City, New York. He played exclusively for the New York Yankees (1950, 1953-1967).

1962 – Ralph Terry, New York Yankees

Born in 1936 in Big Cabin, Oklahoma. He played for the New York Yankees (1956-1957, 1959-1964), Kansas City Athletics (1957-1959), Cleveland Indians (1965), and New York Mets (1966-1967).

1963 – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers

Born in 1935 in Brooklyn, New York. He played exclusively for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers (1955-1966).

1964 – Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals

Born in 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska. He played exclusively for the St. Louis Cardinals (1959-1975).

1965 – Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers

(See 1963 for details)

1966 – Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles

Born in 1935 in Beaumont, Texas. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1956-1965), Baltimore Orioles (1966-1971), Los Angeles Dodgers (1972), California Angels (1973-1974), and Cleveland Indians (1974-1976).

1967 – Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals

(See 1964 for details)

1968 – Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers

Born in 1940 in Portland, Oregon. He played for the Detroit Tigers (1963-1975), New York Mets (1976), and San Diego Padres (1978-1979).

1969 – Donn Clendenon, New York Mets

Born in 1935 in Neosho, Missouri. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1961-1968), Montreal Expos (1969), and New York Mets (1969-1971).

1970 – Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Orioles

Born in 1937 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He played exclusively for the Baltimore Orioles (1955-1977).

1971 – Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates

Born in 1934 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He played exclusively for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1955-1972).

1972 – Gene Tenace, Oakland Athletics

Born in 1946 in Russellton, Pennsylvania. He played for the Oakland Athletics (1969-1976), San Diego Padres (1977-1980), St. Louis Cardinals (1981-1982), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1983).

1973 – Reggie Jackson, Oakland Athletics

Born in 1946 in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. He played for the Oakland Athletics (1967-1975, 1987), Baltimore Orioles (1976), New York Yankees (1977-1981), California Angels (1982-1986), and Oakland Athletics again in 1987.

1974 – Rollie Fingers, Oakland Athletics

Born in 1946 in Steubenville, Ohio. He played for the Oakland Athletics (1968-1976), San Diego Padres (1977-1980), and Milwaukee Brewers (1981-1985).

1975 – Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds

Born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1963-1978, 1984-1986), Philadelphia Phillies (1979-1983), and Montreal Expos (1984).

1976 – Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds

Born in 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He played exclusively for the Cincinnati Reds (1967-1983).

1977 – Reggie Jackson, New York Yankees

(See 1973 for details)

1978 – Bucky Dent, New York Yankees

Born in 1951 in Savannah, Georgia. He played for the Chicago White Sox (1973-1976), New York Yankees (1977-1982), Texas Rangers (1982-1984), and Kansas City Royals (1984).

1979 – Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh Pirates

Born in 1940 in Earlsboro, Oklahoma. He played exclusively for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1962-1982).

1980 – Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies

Born in 1949 in Dayton, Ohio. He played exclusively for the Philadelphia Phillies (1972-1989).

1981 – Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, and Steve Yeager, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Ron Cey: Born in 1948 in Tacoma, Washington. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1971-1982) and Chicago Cubs (1983-1986).
  • Pedro Guerrero: Born in 1956 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1978-1988) and St. Louis Cardinals (1988-1992).
  • Steve Yeager: Born in 1948 in Huntington, West Virginia. He played exclusively for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1972-1985).

1982 – Darrell Porter, St. Louis Cardinals

Born in 1952 in Joplin, Missouri. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1971-1980), Kansas City Royals (1981-1982), St. Louis Cardinals (1982-1985), and Texas Rangers (1986-1987).

1983 – Rick Dempsey, Baltimore Orioles

Born in 1949 in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He played for the Minnesota Twins (1969, 1991), New York Yankees (1973-1976), Baltimore Orioles (1976-1986, 1992), Cleveland Indians (1987), Los Angeles Dodgers (1988-1990), and Milwaukee Brewers (1991).

1984 – Alan Trammell, Detroit Tigers

Born in 1958 in Garden Grove, California. He played exclusively for the Detroit Tigers (1977-1996).

1985 – Bret Saberhagen, Kansas City Royals

Born in 1964 in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He played for the Kansas City Royals (1984-1991), New York Mets (1992-1995), Colorado Rockies (1995), Boston Red Sox (1997-2001), and Chicago White Sox (2001).

1986 – Ray Knight, New York Mets

Born in 1952 in Albany, Georgia. He played for the Cincinnati Reds (1974-1981), Houston Astros (1982-1984), New York Mets (1984-1986), Baltimore Orioles (1987), and Detroit Tigers (1988).

1987 – Frank Viola, Minnesota Twins

Born in 1960 in Hempstead, New York. He played for the Minnesota Twins (1982-1989), New York Mets (1989-1991), Boston Red Sox (1992-1994), Cincinnati Reds (1995), and Toronto Blue Jays (1996).

1988 – Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles Dodgers

Born in 1958 in Buffalo, New York. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1983-1994, 2000), Cleveland Indians (1995-1997), San Francisco Giants (1998), and New York Mets (1999).

1989 – Dave Stewart, Oakland Athletics

Born in 1957 in Oakland, California. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1978-1983), Texas Rangers (1983-1985), Philadelphia Phillies (1985-1986), Oakland Athletics (1986-1992, 1995), and Toronto Blue Jays (1993-1994).

1990 – José Rijo, Cincinnati Reds

Born in 1965 in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. He played for the New York Yankees (1984-1987), Oakland Athletics (1987-1989), and Cincinnati Reds (1990-1995, 2001-2002).

1991 – Gene Larkin, Minnesota Twins

Born in 1962 in Flushing, New York. He played exclusively for the Minnesota Twins (1987-1993).

1992 – Pat Borders, Toronto Blue Jays

Born in 1963 in Columbus, Ohio. He played for the Toronto Blue Jays (1988-1994, 1999), Kansas City Royals (1995), Houston Astros (1995), St. Louis Cardinals (1996), California Angels (1996), Chicago White Sox (1996), Cleveland Indians (1997, 1999, 2004), Minnesota Twins (2000), Seattle Mariners (2001), and Los Angeles Dodgers (2005).

1993 – Paul Molitor, Toronto Blue Jays

Born in 1956 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1978-1992), Toronto Blue Jays (1993-1995), and Minnesota Twins (1996-1998).

1994 – No World Series due to the MLB strike.

1995 – Tom Glavine, Atlanta Braves

Born in 1966 in Concord, Massachusetts. He played for the Atlanta Braves (1987-2002, 2008), and New York Mets (2003-2007).

1996 – John Wetteland, New York Yankees

Born in 1966 in San Mateo, California. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1989-1991), Montreal Expos (1992-1994), New York Yankees (1995-1996), and Texas Rangers (1997-2000).

1997 – Livan Hernandez, Florida Marlins

Born in 1975 in Villa Clara, Cuba. He played for the Florida Marlins (1996-1999), San Francisco Giants (1999-2002), Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals (2003-2006, 2009-2011), Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-2007), Minnesota Twins (2008), Colorado Rockies (2008), New York Mets (2009), and Atlanta Braves (2012).

1998 – Scott Brosius, New York Yankees

Born in 1966 in Hillsboro, Oregon. He played for the Oakland Athletics (1991-1997) and New York Yankees (1998-2001).

1999 – Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

Born in 1969 in Panama City, Panama. He played exclusively for the New York Yankees (1995-2013).

2000 – Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

Born in 1974 in Pequannock Township, New Jersey. He played exclusively for the New York Yankees (1995-2014).

2001 – Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Randy Johnson: Born in 1963 in Walnut Creek, California. He played for the Montreal Expos (1988-1989), Seattle Mariners (1989-1998), Houston Astros (1998), Arizona Diamondbacks (1999-2004, 2007-2008), New York Yankees (2005-2006), and San Francisco Giants (2009).
  • Curt Schilling: Born in 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska. He played for the Baltimore Orioles (1988-1990), Houston Astros (1991), Philadelphia Phillies (1992-2000), Arizona Diamondbacks (2000-2003), and Boston Red Sox (2004-2007).

2002 – Troy Glaus, Anaheim Angels

Born in 1976 in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California. He played for the Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1998-2004), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005), Toronto Blue Jays (2006-2007), St. Louis Cardinals (2008-2009), and Atlanta Braves (2010).

2003 – Josh Beckett, Florida Marlins

Born in 1980 in Spring, Texas. He played for the Florida Marlins (2001-2005), Boston Red Sox (2006-2012), and Los Angeles Dodgers (2012-2014).

2004 – Manny Ramirez, Boston Red Sox

Born in 1972 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He played for the Cleveland Indians (1993-2000), Boston Red Sox (2001-2008), Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-2010), Chicago White Sox (2010), and Tampa Bay Rays (2011).

2005 – Jermaine Dye, Chicago White Sox

Born in 1974 in Oakland, California. He played for the Atlanta Braves (1996-1997), Kansas City Royals (1997-2001), Oakland Athletics (2001-2004), and Chicago White Sox (2005-2009).

2006 – David Eckstein, St. Louis Cardinals

Born in 1975 in Sanford, Florida. He played for the Anaheim Angels (2001-2004), St. Louis Cardinals (2005-2007), Toronto Blue Jays (2008), Arizona Diamondbacks (2008), and San Diego Padres (2010).

2007 – Mike Lowell, Boston Red Sox

Born in 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He played for the New York Yankees (1998), Florida Marlins (1999-2005), and Boston Red Sox (2006-2010).

2008 – Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

Born in 1983 in San Diego, California. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies (2006-2015), Texas Rangers (2015-2018), Chicago Cubs (2018-2019), and Atlanta Braves (2020).

2009 – Hideki Matsui, New York Yankees

Born in 1974 in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. He played for the Yomiuri Giants (1993-2002), New York Yankees (2003-2009), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2010), Oakland Athletics (2011), and Tampa Bay Rays (2012).

2010 – Edgar Renteria, San Francisco Giants

Born in 1975 in Barranquilla, Colombia. He played for the Florida Marlins (1996-1998, 2002-2003), St. Louis Cardinals (1999-2004), Boston Red Sox (2005), Atlanta Braves (2006-2007), Detroit Tigers (2008-2009), San Francisco Giants (2009-2010), and Cincinnati Reds (2011).

2011 – David Freese, St. Louis Cardinals

Born in 1983 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (2009-2013), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2014-2015), Pittsburgh Pirates (2016-2018), Los Angeles Dodgers (2018-2019).

2012 – Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants

Born in 1986 in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. He played for the San Francisco Giants (2008-2014, 2017-2020), Boston Red Sox (2015-2017), and Atlanta Braves (2021).

2013 – David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox

Born in 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He played for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002) and Boston Red Sox (2003-2016).

2014 – Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Born in 1989 in Hickory, North Carolina. He played for the San Francisco Giants (2009-2019), Arizona Diamondbacks (2020-2021).

2015 – Salvador Pérez, Kansas City Royals

Born in 1990 in Valencia, Venezuela. He played exclusively for the Kansas City Royals (2011-2021, and likely beyond my last training data).

2016 – Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs

Born in 1981 in Eureka, Illinois. He played for the Tampa Bay Rays (2006-2014), Oakland Athletics (2015), Kansas City Royals (2015), and Chicago Cubs (2016-2019).

2017 – George Springer, Houston Astros

Born in 1989 in New Britain, Connecticut. He played for the Houston Astros (2014-2020) and Toronto Blue Jays (2021).

2018 – Steve Pearce, Boston Red Sox

Born in 1983 in Lakeland, Florida. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2007-2011), Baltimore Orioles (2012, 2013-2016, 2018), Houston Astros (2012), New York Yankees (2012), Tampa Bay Rays (2016), Toronto Blue Jays (2017-2018), and Boston Red Sox (2018-2019).

2019 – Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Born in 1988 in San Diego, California. He has played exclusively for the Washington Nationals (2010-2021, and likely beyond my last training data).

2020 – Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

Born in 1994 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has played exclusively for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015-2021, and likely beyond my last training data).

2021 – Jorge Soler, Atlanta Braves

Born in 1992 in Havana, Cuba. He has played for the Chicago Cubs (2014–2016),Kansas City Royals (2017–2021), Atlanta Braves (2021), and Miami Marlins (2022–present).

2022 – Jeremy Peña, Houston Astros

Born in 1997 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He has only played for the Houston Astros from 2022 to the present as he became the only rookie to ever win the World Series Most Valuable Player award.

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