Bonds Belted His Way To 7 MVP Awards Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 31 October 2009

November is the time to look back at the achievements of baseball’s greatest players and select the one player in each league who meant the most to his team, and the sport, during the previous season.  The player whose superior play, remarkable achievements and inspirational leadership made him the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the American and the National leagues.


Eight 500 Home Run Club members were selected as league MVPs two or more times. Frank Robinson was the first, and still the only, player to win a Most Valuable Player Award from both the American and National League.  Ernie Banks was twice named league MVP, despite playing on losing Chicago Cubs teams.

Alex Rodriguez, Mike Schmidt, Mickey Mantle and Jimmie Foxx all won three MVP awards, and Barry Bonds has been voted the National League MVP an unparalleled seven times.

By winning his final MVP award at the age of 40, Bonds became the oldest player to win the honor.  He received 24 first-place votes and 407 points overall in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America to earn the award for the fourth straight season.
Bonds is the only player with more than three MVP awards and the only one to win more than two in a row.

MVP awards are fine, but I need a (World Series Championship) ring,” was Barry’s only comment at the time.

Multiple League MVP Winners

Player Awards Years
Barry Bonds 7 1990, 1992-93, 2001-04
Yogi Berra 3 1951, 1954-55
Roy Campanella 3 1951, 1953, 1955
Joe DiMaggio 3 1939, 1941, 1947
Jimmie Foxx 3 1932-33, 1938
Mickey Mantle 3 1956-57, 1962
Stan Musial 3 1943, 1946, 1948
Mike Schmidt 3 1980-81, 1986
Ernie Banks 2 1958-59
Johnny Bench 2 1970, 1972
Hank Greenberg 2 1935, 1940
Juan González 2 1996, 1998
Carl Hubbell 2 1933, 1936
Roger Maris 2 1960-61
Willie Mays 2 1954, 1965
Joe Morgan 2 1975-76
Dale Murphy 2 1982-83
Hal Newhouser 2 1944-45
Cal Ripken, Jr. 2 1983, 1991
Frank Robinson 2 1961, 1966
Alex Rodriguez 3 2003, 2005, 2007
Frank Thomas 2 1993-94
Ted Williams 2 1946, 1949
Robin Yount 2 1982, 1989




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