The Babe Ruth Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player with the best performance in the postseason. The award, created in honor of Babe Ruth, was first awarded in 1949 to the MVP of the World Series, one year after Ruth's death. The award was created by the New York City chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). It continued to be awarded exclusively for performances in the World Series until 2007, when the New York chapter of the BBWAA changed the award to cover the entire postseason. Though it is older than the World Series Most Valuable Player Award, which was not created until 1955 (as the "SPORT Magazine Award"), the Babe Ruth Award is considered less prestigious, because it is not sanctioned by MLB and is awarded several weeks after the World Series.
MLB expanded its postseason to include the League Championship Series (LCS) in 1969, the League Division Series (LDS) in 1995, and the Wild Card round in 2012. The Wild Card round is a one-game playoff, the LDS follows a best-of-five playoff format, and the LCS and World Series follow a best-of-seven playoff format. The most recent World Series champions are the Boston Red Sox, who won the 2018 World Series. David Price was named recipient of the Babe Ruth Award.
Ruth was a noted slugger who batted .326 with 15 home runs and three wins in three games started as a pitcher during World Series play. However, the Babe Ruth Award does not only go to sluggers or pitchers. Dick Green won the award for the 1974 World Series, in which he batted 0-for-13, but helped the Oakland Athletics win the series with his defense.
Joe Page of the New York Yankees was the first winner of the Babe Ruth Award, and Jonathan Papelbon of the Boston Red Sox was the first winner since the award criteria changed to cover the entire postseason. In all, members of the Yankees have won the award sixteen times. Luis Tiant is the only winner of the Babe Ruth Award to play for the World Series–losing team. Two players, Sandy Koufax and Jack Morris, have won the award twice.
|Babe Ruth Award|
The 1958 Babe Ruth Award, won by Elston Howard
|Given for||Most Valuable Player of the Major League Baseball postseason|
|Presented by||New York City chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America|
|Most recent||David Price, (Boston Red Sox)|
|Year||Links to the article about that corresponding World Series|
|Player (X)||Denotes winning player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)|
|^||Indicates multiple award winners in the same year|
|*||Indicates year where player did not win the World Series Most Valuable Player Award (1955–present)|
|Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Denotes player who is still active|
|§||Indicates losing team in the series|
|Year||Player||Team||Position||Selected statistics[Note 1]||Ref|
|1949||Joe Page||New York Yankees||Pitcher|||
|1950||Jerry Coleman||New York Yankees||Second baseman|||
|1951||Phil Rizzuto||New York Yankees||Shortstop|||
|1952||Johnny Mize||New York Yankees||First baseman|||
|1953||Billy Martin||New York Yankees||Second baseman|||
|1954||Dusty Rhodes||New York Giants||Outfielder|||
|1955||Johnny Podres||Brooklyn Dodgers||Pitcher|||
|1956||Don Larsen||New York Yankees||Pitcher|||
|1957||Lew Burdette||Milwaukee Braves||Pitcher|||
|1958*||Elston Howard||New York Yankees||Catcher|||
|1959||Larry Sherry||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher|||
|1960*||Bill Mazeroski||Pittsburgh Pirates||Second baseman|||
|1961||Whitey Ford||New York Yankees||Pitcher|||
|1962||Ralph Terry||New York Yankees||Pitcher|||
|1963||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher|||
|1964||Bob Gibson||St. Louis Cardinals||Pitcher|||
|1965||Sandy Koufax (2)||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher|||
|1966||Frank Robinson||Baltimore Orioles||Outfielder|||
|1967*||Lou Brock||St. Louis Cardinals||Outfielder|||
|1968||Mickey Lolich||Detroit Tigers||Pitcher|||
|1969*||Al Weis||New York Mets||Second baseman|||
|1970||Brooks Robinson||Baltimore Orioles||Third baseman|||
|1971||Roberto Clemente||Pittsburgh Pirates||Outfielder|||
|1972||Gene Tenace||Oakland Athletics||Catcher|||
|1973*||Bert Campaneris||Oakland Athletics||Shortstop|||
|1974*||Dick Green||Oakland Athletics||Second baseman|||
|1975*||Luis Tiant||Boston Red Sox§||Pitcher|||
|1976||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds||Catcher|||
|1977||Reggie Jackson||New York Yankees||Outfielder|||
|1978||Bucky Dent||New York Yankees||Shortstop|||
|1979||Willie Stargell||Pittsburgh Pirates||First baseman|||
|1980*||Tug McGraw||Philadelphia Phillies||Pitcher|||
|1981||Ron Cey||Los Angeles Dodgers||Third baseman|||
|1982*||Bruce Sutter||St. Louis Cardinals||Pitcher|||
|1983||Rick Dempsey||Baltimore Orioles||Catcher|||
|1984*||Jack Morris||Detroit Tigers||Pitcher|||
|1985||Bret Saberhagen||Kansas City Royals||Pitcher|||
|1986||Ray Knight||New York Mets||Third baseman|||
|1987||Frank Viola||Minnesota Twins||Pitcher|||
|1988||Orel Hershiser||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher|||
|1989||Dave Stewart||Oakland Athletics||Pitcher|||
|1990*||Billy Hatcher||Cincinnati Reds||Outfielder|||
|1991||Jack Morris (2)||Minnesota Twins||Pitcher|||
|1992*||Dave Winfield||Toronto Blue Jays||Outfielder|||
|1993||Paul Molitor||Toronto Blue Jays||Designated hitter|||
|1994||Series cancelled due to the players' strike|||
|1995||Tom Glavine||Atlanta Braves||Pitcher|||
|1996*||Cecil Fielder||New York Yankees||Designated hitter|||
|1997*||Moisés Alou||Florida Marlins||Outfielder|||
|1998||Scott Brosius||New York Yankees||Third baseman|||
|1999||Mariano Rivera||New York Yankees||Pitcher|||
|2000||Derek Jeter||New York Yankees||Shortstop|||
|2001^||Randy Johnson||Arizona Diamondbacks||Pitcher|||
|2001^||Curt Schilling||Arizona Diamondbacks||Pitcher|||
|2002||Troy Glaus||Anaheim Angels||Third baseman|||
|2003||Josh Beckett||Florida Marlins||Pitcher|||
|2004*||Keith Foulke||Boston Red Sox||Pitcher|||
|2005||Jermaine Dye||Chicago White Sox||Outfielder|||
|2006||David Eckstein||St. Louis Cardinals||Shortstop|||
|Award changed to cover performance in full post-season|
|2007*||Jonathan Papelbon||Boston Red Sox||Pitcher|||
|2008||Cole Hamels||Philadelphia Phillies||Pitcher|||
|2009*||Alex Rodriguez||New York Yankees||Third baseman|||
|2010*||Tim Lincecum||San Francisco Giants||Pitcher|||
|2011||David Freese||St. Louis Cardinals||Third baseman|||
|2012||Pablo Sandoval||San Francisco Giants||Third baseman|||
|2013||David Ortiz||Boston Red Sox||First baseman / Designated hitter|||
|2014||Madison Bumgarner||San Francisco Giants||Pitcher|||
|2015*||Wade Davis||Kansas City Royals||Pitcher|||
|2016*||Jon Lester||Chicago Cubs||Pitcher|||
|2017^||Jose Altuve||Houston Astros||Second baseman||
|2017^||Justin Verlander||Houston Astros||Pitcher|||
|2018*||David Price||Boston Red Sox||Pitcher||
An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.From 1947 to 1980, the American Baseball Coaches Association was the only All-American selector recognized by the NCAA.1976 College Baseball All-America Team
An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.From 1947 to 1980, the American Baseball Coaches Association was the only All-American selector recognized by the NCAA.Al Weis
Albert John Weis (born April 2, 1938) is a former Major League Baseball player. A light-hitting infielder with only seven career home runs, he is best remembered for a dramatic home run hit in game five of the 1969 World Series. He was a switch hitter until the end of the 1968 season, after which he batted exclusively right-handed.Babe Ruth (disambiguation)
Babe Ruth (1895–1948) was an American baseball outfielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 1914 to 1935.
Babe Ruth may also refer to:
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Babe Ruth Award, a baseball award
Babe Ruth (film), a 1991 American drama filmBabe Ruth Home Run Award
The Babe Ruth Home Run Award was an annual award presented to the previous season's leading home run hitter in Major League Baseball (MLB). The award was named after the legendary Babe Ruth, who led the American League in homers 12 times. It was first awarded to Mark McGwire after his record-setting 1998 season. The award was a 21-pound (9.5 kg), 20-inch-high (51 cm) bronze statue of Ruth based on a 1920 photo of him following through on a tremendous swing.The Babe Ruth Home Run Award was developed by brothers Jim and Brian Sullivan. Jim was the sculptor, while Brian focused on the marketing of the award. The Sullivans originally wanted to create a life-size statue of Ruth as a tourist attraction similar to the Michael Jordan statue. Unable to secure a sponsor, they created the award to honor Ruth. The trophy was estimated to cost around $4,000 as of 2006, and it was funded by the Sullivans and given on behalf of their company, Sullivan Artworks based in Weymouth, Massachusetts. MLB was not interested in sponsoring the award; the American League already honored its home run champion with a nameless award, and the National League offered the Mel Ott Award. Both the awards received little publicity. The Babe Ruth Home Run Award was usually presented to the recipient by Ruth's daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens, or her son, Tom Stevens.David Freese
David Richard Freese (born April 28, 1983) is an American professional baseball corner infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He began his MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was a key player during the 2011 postseason, batting .545 with 12 hits in the 2011 National League Championship Series (NLCS). He also set an MLB postseason record of 21 runs batted in (RBIs), earning the NLCS MVP Award and World Series MVP Award. In addition, Freese won the Babe Ruth Award, naming him the MVP of the 2011 MLB postseason. He also played for the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates.
A star high school player, Freese declined a college baseball scholarship from the University of Missouri. Needing a break from baseball, he sat out his freshman year of college before feeling a renewed urge to play the game. He transferred to St. Louis Community College–Meramec, a junior college, where he played for one season before transferring to the University of South Alabama. The San Diego Padres selected Freese in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB draft.
The Cardinals acquired Freese before the 2008 season. He made his MLB debut on Opening Day 2009 due to an injury to starting third baseman Troy Glaus. Despite suffering his own injuries in the minor leagues and in his first two MLB seasons, Freese batted .297 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs during the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship over the Texas Rangers. The next season, he batted .293 with 20 home runs and was selected to his first MLB All-Star Game. Freese authored a 20-game hitting streak in 2013, but back injuries limited his effectiveness, and the Cardinals traded him to the Angels following the season. He played for the Angels for two seasons before signing with the Pirates in March 2016.Don Larsen
Don James Larsen (born August 7, 1929) is an American retired Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher. During a 15-year MLB career, he pitched from 1953 to 1967 for seven different teams. Larsen pitched for the St. Louis Browns / Baltimore Orioles (1953–54; 1965), New York Yankees (1955–59), Kansas City Athletics (1960–1961), Chicago White Sox (1961), San Francisco Giants (1962–64), Houston Colt .45's / Houston Astros (1964–65), and Chicago Cubs (1967).
Larsen pitched the sixth perfect game in MLB history, doing so in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. It is the only no-hitter and perfect game in World Series history and is one of only two no hitters in MLB postseason history (the other Roy Halladay's in 2010). He won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award in recognition of his 1956 postseason.Houston Astros award winners and league leaders
This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Houston Astros professional baseball team.Jack Morris
John Scott Morris (born May 16, 1955) is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher. He is a color commentator for the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1977 and 1994, mainly for the Detroit Tigers. Morris won 254 games throughout his career.
Armed with a fastball, a slider, and a forkball, Morris was a five-time All-Star (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1991), and played on four World Series Championship teams (1984 Tigers, 1991 Minnesota Twins, and 1992–1993 Toronto Blue Jays). He went 3–0 in the 1984 postseason with two complete game victories in the 1984 World Series, and 4–0 in the 1991 postseason with a ten-inning complete game victory in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. Morris won the Babe Ruth Award in both 1984 and 1991, and was named World Series MVP in 1991. While he gave up the most hits, most earned runs, and most home runs of any pitcher in the 1980s, he also started the most games, pitched the most innings, and had the most wins of any pitcher in that decade. He is one of seven players in MLB history to have won back-to back World Series championships on different teams, the other six being Ben Zobrist, Jake Peavy, Bill Skowron, Clem Labine, Don Gullett, and Ryan Theriot.
Since retiring as a player, Morris has worked as a broadcast color analyst for the Blue Jays, Twins, and Tigers. He has also been an analyst for MLB broadcasts on Fox Sports 1. Morris was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.Joe Page
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Justin Brooks Verlander (born February 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Detroit Tigers for 12 seasons, with whom he made his major league debut on July 4, 2005. A right-handed batter and thrower, Verlander stands 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kg).
From Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, Verlander attended Old Dominion University (ODU) and played college baseball for the Monarchs. He broke the Monarchs' and Colonial Athletic Association's career records for strikeouts. At the 2003 Pan American Games, Verlander helped lead the United States national team to a silver medal.
The Tigers selected him in the first round and as the second overall pick of the 2004 first-year player draft. As a former ace in the Tigers' starting rotation, he was a key figure in four consecutive American League (AL) Central division championships from 2011−2014, two AL Pennants in 2006 and 2012, and in the Astros' first World Series championship in 2017. He is among the career pitching leaders for the Tigers, including ranking second in strikeouts (2,373), seventh in wins (183), and eighth in innings pitched (2511).
The winner of a number of accolades, Verlander is an eight-time MLB All-Star, has led the AL in strikeouts five times and in wins twice. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2006, and on June 12, 2007, pitched the first no-hitter at Comerica Park versus the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2009, he led the AL in wins and strikeouts, both for the first time. Verlander produced his most successful season in 2011, including his second career no-hitter versus the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7. By season's end, Verlander won the Pitching Triple Crown, the AL Cy Young Award unanimously, the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, and the Sporting News Player of the Year Award.
The Tigers traded Verlander to the Houston Astros just before the 2017 trade deadline. He immediately made an impact for the team, going undefeated in his first five starts heading into the postseason. He helped lead the Astros to the 2017 World Series, which they won over the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving him his first career ring. For his performance in the 2017 American League Championship Series, he was named MVP, and was co-winner of the Babe Ruth Award (with teammate José Altuve) for most outstanding performance in the 2017 postseason. In the 2018 season, Verlander became the 114th pitcher in major league history to surpass 200 career wins, also becoming the 20th fastest to reach the milestone (412 starts).List of Baltimore Orioles awards
This is a list of award winners and single-season league leaders for the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team.List of Boston Red Sox award winners
This is a list of award winners and single-season leaderboards for the Boston Red Sox professional baseball team.List of Chicago White Sox award winners and league leaders
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This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Oakland Athletics professional baseball franchise.
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