List Of Oakland A’s American League MVP Award Winners

Oakland A's MVP Players

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The Oakland Athletics, commonly known as the A’s, have a rich history in Major League Baseball (MLB), marked by several outstanding individual performances. The American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award is given annually to the player deemed most valuable to his team during the MLB season. Over the years, several players from the Oakland A’s have been honored with this prestigious award. These players not only demonstrated exceptional skill and statistics during the season they were recognized but also made significant contributions to their team’s success. This list chronicles these remarkable players, highlighting their achievements, age, birthplace, and reasons for receiving the MVP honor.

1931 – Lefty Grove

Robert Moses ‘Lefty’ Grove was born on March 6, 1900, in Lonaconing, Maryland. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1925 to 1933. In 1931, at the age of 31, Grove had an exceptional season, finishing with a 31-4 record, a 2.06 ERA, and 175 strikeouts. His dominant pitching was a key factor in the Athletics’ successful season, leading them to the American League pennant. His remarkable performance on the mound earned him the MVP award.

1971 – Vida Blue

Vida Rochelle Blue Jr. was born on July 28, 1949, in Mansfield, Louisiana. Playing for the Oakland A’s in 1971, Blue, at the age of 22, had an outstanding season. He pitched a 24-8 record with a 1.82 ERA and 301 strikeouts, leading the A’s to the playoffs. His overpowering fastball and excellent control on the mound were critical factors in his MVP win.

1973 – Reggie Jackson

Reginald Martinez Jackson was born on May 18, 1946, in Abington, Pennsylvania. In the 1973 season, at the age of 27, Jackson played a pivotal role in leading the Oakland A’s to a World Series Championship. He hit 32 home runs, drove in 117 runs, and had a .293 batting average. His powerful hitting and clutch performances, especially in the postseason, were instrumental in his MVP selection.

1974 – Jeff Burroughs

Jeffrey Alan Burroughs was born on March 7, 1951, in Long Beach, California. He played for the Texas Rangers in 1974, not the Oakland A’s. However, as your request focuses on Oakland A’s MVPs, we’ll move to the next relevant player.

1988 – Jose Canseco

José Canseco Capas Jr. was born on July 2, 1964, in Havana, Cuba. During the 1988 season, at the age of 24, Canseco became the first player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season. This remarkable achievement, along with his 124 RBIs and .307 batting average, greatly contributed to the A’s success that year, leading to his MVP selection.

1990 – Rickey Henderson

Rickey Nelson Henley Henderson was born on December 25, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Oakland, California. In 1990, at the age of 31, Henderson had a stellar season with the A’s. He led the league with 65 stolen bases, scored 119 runs, and had a .325 batting average. His dynamic play and ability to impact the game both offensively and defensively were key factors in his MVP award.

2002 – Miguel Tejada

Miguel Odalis Tejada was born on May 25, 1974, in Bani, Dominican Republic. In the 2002 season, at the age of 28, Tejada was instrumental in the A’s 103-win season. He hit 34 home runs, drove in 131 runs, and had a .308 batting average. His clutch hitting, especially late in games, along with his solid defense at shortstop, were crucial to his MVP accolade.

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