Baseball World Series MVP Winners

The New York chapter of the Baseball Writers of America established the Babe Ruth award in 1949, the year of the Babe’s death. This was the first World Series MVP award, and is still in existence, but has since been overtaken in prestige by the Sport Magazine award (given in cooperation with Chevrolet — part of the prize is a new Corvette.) The Sport Magazine award was first awarded in 1955.

Johnny Mize won the 1952 Babe Ruth Award, in acknowledgment of his stellar play in the World Series. Mize batted .400, with three home runs, but only had 18 plate appearances in the series (he started 5 of 7 games, and was usually lifted for a pinch runner or defensive replacement).

In accordance with its Big Apple beginnings, the Babe Ruth Award was awarded to a New York Yankee for every one of its first five years. The first five Babe Ruth Award winners: Joe Page, Jerry Coleman, Phil Rizzuto, Mize, and Billy Martin.

World Series MVP Winners

2021 – Jorge Soler
2020 – Corey Seager
2019 – Stephen Strasburg
2018 – Steve Pearce
2017 – George Springer
2016 – Ben Zobrist
2015 – Salvador Perez
2014 – Madison Bumgarner
2013 – David Ortiz
2012 – Pablo Sandoval
2011 – David Freese
2010 – Edgar Renteria
2009 – Hideki Matsui
2008 – Cole Hamels
2007 – Mike Lowell
2006 – David Eckstein
2005 – Jermaine Dye
2004 – Manny Ramirez
2003 – Josh Beckett, Fla
2002 – Troy Glaus, Ana
2001 – Randy Johnson, Ari
2000 – Derek Jeter, NYY
1999 – Mariano Rivera, NYY
1998 – Scott Brosius, NYY
1997 – Livan Hernandez, Fla
1996 – John Wetteland, NYY
1995 – Tom Glavine, Atl
1994 – No World Series
1993 – Paul Molitor, Tor
1992 – Pat Borders, Tor
1991 – Jack Morris, Min
1990 – Jose Rijo, Cin
1989 – Dave Stewart, Oak
1988 – Orel Hershiser, LA
1987 – Frank Viola, Min
1986 – Ray Knight, NYM
1985 – Bret Saberhagen, KC
1984 – Alan Trammell, Det
1983 – Rick Demspey, Bal
1982 – Darrell Porter, Stl
1981 – Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, Steve Yeager, LA
1980 – Mike Schmidt, Phi
1979 – Willie Stargell, Pit
1978 – Bucky Dent, NYY
1977 – Reggie Jackson, NYY
1976 – Johnny Bench, Cin
1975 – Pete Rose, Cin
1974 – Rollie Fingers, Oak
1973 – Reggie Jackson, Oak
1972 – Gene Tenace, Oak
1971 – Roberto Clemente, Pit
1970 – Brooks Robinson, Bal
1969 – Donn Clendenon, NYM
1968 – Mickey Lolich, Det
1967 – Bob Gibson, Stl
1966 – Frank Robinson, Bal
1965 – Sandy Koufax, LAD
1964 – Bob Gibson, Stl
1963 – Sandy Koufax, LAD 1962 – Ralph Terry, NYY
1961 – Whitey Ford, NYY
1960 – Bobby Richardson, NYY 1959 – Larry Sherry, LA
1958 – Bob Turley, NYY
1957 – Lew Burdette, Mil
1956 – Don Larsen, NYY
1955 – Johnny Podres, Bro

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