Complete List Of New York Yankees MVP Award Winners

Complete List Of New York Yankees MVP Award Winners

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The New York Yankees, one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball (MLB) history, have had a remarkable number of players who have earned the title of Most Valuable Player (MVP) over the years. This prestigious award, given by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), recognizes the most outstanding player in the American League each season. The Yankees’ MVPs are not just a testament to individual excellence but also a reflection of the team’s enduring success. The following is a comprehensive list of all the Yankees’ MVPs, detailing their achievements, birthplaces, birth years, and the reasons they were deemed the most valuable to their team in their respective years.

1923 – Babe Ruth

George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. was born on February 6, 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland. In the 1923 season, Ruth, aged 28, was an instrumental figure in leading the Yankees to their first World Series title. He batted an astonishing .393 with 41 home runs and 130 RBIs. His performance was not just about the numbers; Ruth transformed the game with his unprecedented power-hitting, earning him the MVP award.

1927 – Lou Gehrig

Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig was born on June 19, 1903, in New York City. At 24 years old during the 1927 season, Gehrig was a key component of the legendary “Murderers’ Row” lineup. He had a .373 batting average with 47 home runs and a then-record 175 RBIs, playing in the shadow of Ruth but equally significant in the Yankees’ dominant World Series win.

1936 – Lou Gehrig (2nd MVP)

In 1936, at the age of 33, Gehrig won his second MVP award. Born in New York City, he continued to be a powerhouse for the Yankees’, hitting .354 with 49 home runs and 152 RBIs. His consistent excellence and leadership were pivotal in the Yankees’ continued success.

1939 – Joe DiMaggio

Joseph Paul DiMaggio, born on November 25, 1914, in Martinez, California, was 24 years old during the 1939 season. He was a central figure in the Yankees’ lineup, batting .381 with 30 home runs and 126 RBIs. His remarkable hitting streak and overall performance earned him the MVP award.

1941 – Joe DiMaggio (2nd MVP)

In 1941, at age 26, DiMaggio had one of the most memorable seasons in baseball history. Born in Martinez, California, he set an MLB record with a 56-game hitting streak, a feat that remains unbroken. His .357 batting average, 30 home runs, and 125 RBIs were crucial in securing his second MVP award.

1942 – Joe Gordon

Joseph Lowell Gordon, born on February 18, 1915, in Los Angeles, California, was 27 during the 1942 season. He played a key role for the Yankees, batting .322 with 18 home runs and 103 RBIs. His excellent defense at second base, coupled with his offensive production, earned him the MVP honors.

1947 – Joe DiMaggio (3rd MVP)

At 32, DiMaggio earned his third MVP award in 1947. Hailing from Martinez, California, he batted .315 with 20 home runs and 97 RBIs. Despite battling injuries, his performance was a crucial factor in the Yankees’ success.

1950 – Phil Rizzuto

Philip Francis Rizzuto, born on September 25, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, was 32 years old in 1950. Known for his defensive prowess at shortstop, Rizzuto also shone offensively this season, batting .324. His all-around play was integral to the Yankees’ World Series championship.

1951 – Yogi Berra

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, born on May 12, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, was 26 in 1951. He hit .294 with 27 home runs and 88 RBIs. His exceptional skills as a catcher and his offensive production made him an invaluable part of the Yankees.

1954 – Yogi Berra (2nd MVP)

At age 29, Berra won his second MVP award. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he batted .307 with 22 home runs and 125 RBIs. His leadership behind the plate and clutch hitting were key factors in his MVP selection.

1955 – Yogi Berra (3rd MVP)

In 1955, Berra, at 30 years old, earned his third MVP award. The St. Louis, Missouri native had a .272 batting average with 27 home runs and 108 RBIs, continuing to be a cornerstone for the Yankees both defensively and offensively.

1956 – Mickey Mantle

Mickey Charles Mantle, born on October 20, 1931, in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, was 24 in 1956. He achieved a Triple Crown, leading the league with a .353 batting average, 52 home runs, and 130 RBIs. His incredible power and speed made him the clear MVP choice.

1957 – Mickey Mantle (2nd MVP)

In 1957, at 25 years old, Mantle won his second consecutive MVP award. The native of Spavinaw, Oklahoma, batted .365 with 34 home runs and 94 RBIs. His dominance at the plate and in the outfield was unmatched.

1960 – Roger Maris

Roger Eugene Maris, born on September 10, 1934, in Hibbing, Minnesota, was 25 during the 1960 season. He batted .283 with 39 home runs and 112 RBIs. His powerful hitting and solid outfield play were crucial in his MVP selection.

1961 – Roger Maris (2nd MVP)

At 26, Maris had a historic 1961 season. Born in Hibbing, Minnesota, he broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record by hitting 61 home runs. He also had 141 RBIs, solidifying his place in baseball history and earning him his second MVP award.

1962 – Mickey Mantle (3rd MVP)

Mantle, aged 30 and born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, won his third MVP in 1962. He hit .321 with 30 home runs and 89 RBIs. His blend of power and speed continued to make him one of the most feared hitters in the game.

1963 – Elston Howard

Elston Gene Howard, born on February 23, 1929, in St. Louis, Missouri, was 34 in 1963. He was the first African American player to win the MVP award for the Yankees, batting .287 with 28 home runs and 85 RBIs. His excellent catching and leadership were invaluable.

1976 – Thurman Munson

Thurman Lee Munson, born on June 7, 1947, in Akron, Ohio, was 29 in 1976. He batted .302 with 17 home runs and 105 RBIs. His exceptional skills as a catcher and his leadership qualities played a significant role in his MVP award.

1985 – Don Mattingly

Donald Arthur Mattingly, born on April 20, 1961, in Evansville, Indiana, was 24 in 1985. He led the league with a .324 batting average, 35 home runs, and 145 RBIs. His consistent hitting and excellent fielding at first base made him a clear MVP choice.

2005 – Alex Rodriguez

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, born on July 27, 1975, in New York City, was 29 in 2005. He hit .321 with 48 home runs and 130 RBIs. His power-hitting and solid defense at third base were key factors in winning the MVP award.

2007 – Alex Rodriguez (2nd MVP)

At age 31, Rodriguez won his second MVP as a Yankee. Born in New York City, he had a .314 batting average, 54 home runs, and 156 RBIs. His remarkable season was highlighted by his power and clutch hitting.

2022 – Aaron Judge

Aaron James Judge, born on April 26, 1992, in Linden, California, was 30 in the 2022 season. He set the AL record for most home runs in a season with 62, breaking the 61-year-old record held by Roger Maris. His height of 6 feet 7 inches and weight of 282 pounds make him one of the most imposing figures in the game.

The New York Yankees’ MVPs have not only exemplified individual excellence but have also been pivotal in the team’s enduring legacy of success. Their achievements are a testament to their skill, determination, and significant contribution to one of the most successful franchises in sports history.

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