1961 Season
1960 / 1962
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1961 National League MVP Award

by Votes
 
Total
Player
Tm
Pos
1 Frank Robinson
CIN
RF
25.8
219
7.7
34.3
22.5
2 Orlando Cepeda
SFN
1B
23.8
117
5.7
29.1
17.7
3 Vada Pinson
CIN
CF
22.9
104
7.6
32.4
18.8
4 Roberto Clemente
PIT
RF
26.9
81
6.3
26.1
14.7
5 Joey Jay
CIN
SP
25.9
74
3.8
20.2
11.4
6 Willie Mays
SFN
CF
30.2
70
8.7
34.1
20.5
7 Ken Boyer
SLN
3B
30.1
43
8.0
27.5
14.2
8 Hank Aaron
ML1
CF
27.4
39
9.3
34.0
20.8
9 Maury Wills
LAN
SS
28.7
36
2.2
21.4
6.3
10 Jim O'Toole
CIN
SP
24.5
31
4.6
22.5
13.4
11 Warren Spahn
ML1
SP
40.2
31
5.2
24.0
14.6
12 Stu Miller
SFN
RP
33.5
26
3.3
17.0
11.2
13 Wally Moon
LAN
LF
31.2
22
3.3
25.9
15.8
14 George Altman
CHN
RF
28.3
9
4.1
20.2
9.4
15 Johnny Podres
LAN
SP
28.8
9
4.5
15.1
8.6
16 Roy McMillan
ML1
SS
32.0
8
2.8
8.9
-4.9
17 Eddie Mathews
ML1
3B
29.7
7
7.2
31.0
17.6
18 Sandy Koufax
LAN
SP
25.5
5
5.0
19.6
10.4
19 Johnny Roseboro
LAN
C
28.1
4
2.8
19.5
8.6
20 Jim Brosnan
CIN
RP
31.7
3
1.1
12.4
8.5
21 Joe Torre *
ML1
C
21.0
2
3.3
15.7
5.3
22 Larry Jackson
SLN
SP
30.1
1
3.8
15.5
7.9
23 Jerry Lynch
CIN
LF
31.0
1
1.9
10.5
6.9
24 Bobby Malkmus
PHI
2B
30.0
1
1.4
4.4
-3.7
25 Dick Stuart
PIT
1B
28.7
1
3.2
18.6
8.6
by Wins Above Replacement
Total
  Player Tm Pos Age
1 Hank Aaron
ML1
CF
27.4
39
9.3
34.0
20.8
2 Willie Mays
SFN
CF
30.2
70
8.7
34.1
20.5
3 Ken Boyer
SLN
3B
30.1
43
8.0
27.5
14.2
4 Frank Robinson
CIN
RF
25.8
219
7.7
34.3
22.5
5 Vada Pinson
CIN
CF
22.9
104
7.6
32.4
18.8
6 Eddie Mathews
ML1
3B
29.7
7
7.2
31.0
17.6
7 Roberto Clemente
PIT
RF
26.9
81
6.3
26.1
14.7
8 Don Drysdale
LAN
SP
24.9
5.9
17.3
8.5
9 Don Cardwell
CHN
SP
25.6
5.9
16.3
7.1
10 Orlando Cepeda
SFN
1B
23.8
117
5.7
29.1
17.7
11 Warren Spahn
ML1
SP
40.2
31
5.2
24.0
14.6
12 Sandy Koufax
LAN
SP
25.5
5
5.0
19.6
10.4
13 Stan Williams
LAN
SP
24.8
4.6
15.5
7.0
14 Jim O'Toole
CIN
SP
24.5
31
4.6
22.5
13.4
15 Ernie Banks
CHN
SS
30.4
4.6
19.0
6.8
16 Bob Gibson
SLN
SP
25.6
4.5
17.6
10.0
17 Mike McCormick
SFN
SP
22.8
4.5
16.8
7.8
18 Johnny Podres
LAN
SP
28.8
9
4.5
15.1
8.6
19 Ray Sadecki
SLN
SP
20.5
4.4
16.9
9.0
20 Frank Bolling
ML1
2B
29.6
4.2
15.8
1.7
21 George Altman
CHN
RF
28.3
9
4.1
20.2
9.4
22 Curt Simmons
SLN
SP
32.1
4.0
16.2
9.3
23 Curt Flood
SLN
CF
23.5
3.9
14.5
6.5
24 Larry Jackson
SLN
SP
30.1
1
3.8
15.5
7.9
25 Joey Jay
CIN
SP
25.9
74
3.8
20.2
11.4
26 Joe Adcock
ML1
1B
33.7
3.7
21.0
10.0
27 Ron Perranoski *
LAN
RP
25.3
3.5
11.2
6.9
28 Don Hoak
PIT
3B
33.4
3.5
19.4
7.6
29 Joe Torre *
ML1
C
21.0
2
3.3
15.7
5.3
30 Stu Miller
SFN
RP
33.5
26
3.3
17.0
11.2
WAR data courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com
*Rookie

1961 American League MVP Award

by Votes
 
Total
Player
Tm
Pos
1 Roger Maris
NYA
RF
26.8
202
6.9
35.4
22.3
2 Mickey Mantle
NYA
CF
29.7
198
10.5
47.6
34.3
3 Jim Gentile
BAL
1B
27.1
157
6.9
32.3
21.8
4 Norm Cash
DET
1B
26.6
151
9.2
44.3
32.4
5 Whitey Ford
NYA
SP
32.7
102
4.2
21.9
13.1
6 Luis Arroyo
NYA
RP
34.4
95
3.5
21.8
16.4
7 Frank Lary
DET
SP
31.2
53
4.8
19.6
11.0
8 Rocky Colavito
DET
LF
27.9
51
7.7
34.2
21.3
9 Al Kaline
DET
RF
26.5
35
8.4
30.0
17.6
10 Elston Howard
NYA
C
32.4
30
5.3
29.5
18.5
11 Harmon Killebrew
MIN
1B
25.0
29
5.6
27.5
15.5
12 Luis Aparicio
CHA
SS
27.2
16
2.9
16.8
1.8
13 Jim Piersall
CLE
CF
31.6
10
4.9
18.3
7.3
14 Steve Barber
BAL
SP
23.4
7
3.9
18.3
10.5
15 Don Schwall *
BOS
SP
25.3
7
3.5
15.5
9.9
16 Norm Siebern
KC1
1B
27.9
7
2.4
22.1
10.7
17 Dick Donovan
WS2
SP
33.6
5
4.4
14.6
9.4
18 Bubba Phillips
CLE
3B
33.4
5
1.0
11.7
-0.4
19 Brooks Robinson
BAL
3B
24.1
4
3.5
18.4
3.6
20 Chuck Schilling *
BOS
2B
23.7
4
2.7
17.6
1.9
21 Tom Morgan
LAA
RP
31.1
3
2.8
13.0
8.9
22 Al Smith
CHA
3B
33.4
3
2.4
19.8
8.2
23 Yogi Berra
NYA
LF
36.1
2
2.1
15.4
7.3
24 Bobby Richardson
NYA
2B
25.9
1
-0.6
11.9
-3.4
25 Johnny Romano
CLE
C
26.9
1
4.6
26.5
12.9
26 Lee Thomas *
MULT
-
25.4
1
2.1
11.9
2.8
27 Hoyt Wilhelm
BAL
RP
38.9
1
2.6
16.1
11.2
by Wins Above Replacement
Total
  Player Tm Pos Age
1 Mickey Mantle
NYA
CF
29.7
198
10.5
47.6
34.3
2 Norm Cash
DET
1B
26.6
151
9.2
44.3
32.4
3 Al Kaline
DET
RF
26.5
35
8.4
30.0
17.6
4 Rocky Colavito
DET
LF
27.9
51
7.7
34.2
21.3
5 Roger Maris
NYA
RF
26.8
202
6.9
35.4
22.3
6 Jim Gentile
BAL
1B
27.1
157
6.9
32.3
21.8
7 Jack Kralick
MIN
SP
26.1
5.8
16.8
9.2
8 Harmon Killebrew
MIN
1B
25.0
29
5.6
27.5
15.5
9 Elston Howard
NYA
C
32.4
30
5.3
29.5
18.5
10 Camilo Pascual
MIN
SP
27.4
5.2
17.0
9.1
11 Juan Pizarro
CHA
SP
24.4
5.0
17.6
11.2
12 Jim Piersall
CLE
CF
31.6
10
4.9
18.3
7.3
13 Frank Lary
DET
SP
31.2
53
4.8
19.6
11.0
14 Johnny Romano
CLE
C
26.9
1
4.6
26.5
12.9
15 Dick Donovan
WS2
SP
33.6
5
4.4
14.6
9.4
16 Ken McBride *
LAA
SP
25.9
4.3
16.9
9.3
17 Bill Monbouquette
BOS
SP
24.9
4.3
17.8
10.4
18 Billy Hoeft
BAL
SP
29.1
4.2
15.4
10.5
19 Whitey Ford
NYA
SP
32.7
102
4.2
21.9
13.1
20 Don Mossi
DET
SP
32.5
4.0
17.7
10.1
21 Bennie Daniels
WS2
SP
29.0
4.0
14.2
7.5
22 Woodie Held
CLE
SS
29.3
3.9
20.7
7.1
23 Steve Barber
BAL
SP
23.4
7
3.9
18.3
10.5
24 Jim Landis
CHA
CF
27.3
3.9
22.8
10.1
25 Bill Stafford
NYA
SP
21.9
3.8
16.8
10.5
26 Clete Boyer
NYA
3B
24.4
3.8
14.6
2.6
27 Jackie Brandt
BAL
CF
27.2
3.7
20.9
9.0
28 Pedro Ramos
MIN
SP
26.2
3.7
14.2
5.8
29 Roy Sievers
CHA
1B
34.6
3.6
23.1
13.3
30 Brooks Robinson
BAL
3B
24.1
4
3.5
18.4
3.6
WAR data courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com
*Rookie

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