Most Valuable Players

This is a list of professional athletes who have received a league-wide Most Valuable Player award (or equivalent, such as "Player of the Year") for a season in a professional sports league.
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NameYearSportLeagueOther Names
Dick Allen1972baseballMLB (AL)
José Altuve2017baseballMLB (AL)
Don Baylor1979baseballMLB (AL)
George Bell1987baseballMLB (AL)
Yogi Berra1951baseballMLB (AL)
Yogi Berra1954baseballMLB (AL)
Yogi Berra1955baseballMLB (AL)
Markus Lynn "Mookie" Betts2018baseballMLB (AL)
Vida Blue1971baseballMLB (AL)
Lou Boudreau1948baseballMLB (AL)
George Brett1980baseballMLB (AL)
George Burns1926baseballMLB (AL)
Jeff Burroughs1974baseballMLB (AL)
Miguel Cabrera2012baseballMLB (AL)
Miguel Cabrera2013baseballMLB (AL)
Jose Canseco1988baseballMLB (AL)
Rod Carew1977baseballMLB (AL)
Spurgeon Ferdinand "Spud" Chandler1943baseballMLB (AL)
Roger Clemens1986baseballMLB (AL)
Mickey Cochrane1928baseballMLB (AL)
Mickey Cochrane1934baseballMLB (AL)
Joe DiMaggio1939baseballMLB (AL)
Joe DiMaggio1941baseballMLB (AL)
Joe DiMaggio1947baseballMLB (AL)
Josh Donaldson2015baseballMLB (AL)
Dennis Eckersley1992baseballMLB (AL)
Rollie Fingers1981baseballMLB (AL)
Nellie Fox1959baseballMLB (AL)
Jimmie Foxx1932baseballMLB (AL)
Jimmie Foxx1933baseballMLB (AL)
Jimmie Foxx1938baseballMLB (AL)
Lou Gehrig1927baseballMLB (AL)
Lou Gehrig1936baseballMLB (AL)
Charlie Gehringer1937baseballMLB (AL)
Jason Giambi2000baseballMLB (AL)
Juan González1996baseballMLB (AL)
Juan González1998baseballMLB (AL)
Joe Gordon1942baseballMLB (AL)
Hank Greenberg1935baseballMLB (AL)
Hank Greenberg1940baseballMLB (AL)
Ken Griffey Jr.1997baseballMLB (AL)
Robert Moses "Lefty" Grove1931baseballMLB (AL)
Vladimir Guerrero2004baseballMLB (AL)
Josh Hamilton2010baseballMLB (AL)
Rickey Henderson1990baseballMLB (AL)
Willie Hernández1984baseballMLB (AL)
Elston Howard1963baseballMLB (AL)
Reggie Jackson1973baseballMLB (AL)
Jackie Jensen1958baseballMLB (AL)
Walter Johnson1924baseballMLB (AL)
Harmon Killebrew1969baseballMLB (AL)
Fred Lynn1975baseballMLB (AL)
Mickey Mantle1956baseballMLB (AL)
Mickey Mantle1957baseballMLB (AL)
Mickey Mantle1962baseballMLB (AL)
Roger Maris1960baseballMLB (AL)
Roger Maris1961baseballMLB (AL)
Don Mattingly1985baseballMLB (AL)
Joe Mauer2009baseballMLB (AL)
Denny McLain1968baseballMLB (AL)
Justin Morneau2006baseballMLB (AL)
Thurman Munson1976baseballMLB (AL)
Hal Newhouser1944baseballMLB (AL)
Hal Newhouser1945baseballMLB (AL)
Roger Peckinpaugh1925baseballMLB (AL)
Dustin Pedroia2008baseballMLB (AL)
Boog Powell1970baseballMLB (AL)
Jim Rice1978baseballMLB (AL)
Cal Ripken Jr.1983baseballMLB (AL)
Cal Ripken Jr.1991baseballMLB (AL)
Phil Rizzuto1950baseballMLB (AL)
Brooks Robinson1964baseballMLB (AL)
Frank Robinson1966baseballMLB (AL)
Alex Rodriguez2003baseballMLB (AL)
Alex Rodriguez2005baseballMLB (AL)
Alex Rodriguez2007baseballMLB (AL)
Iván Rodríguez1999baseballMLB (AL)
Al Rosen1953baseballMLB (AL)
George Herman "Babe" Ruth1923baseballMLB (AL)
Bobby Shantz1952baseballMLB (AL)
George Sisler1922baseballMLB (AL)
Ichiro Suzuki2001baseballMLB (AL)
Miguel Tejada2002baseballMLB (AL)
Frank Thomas1993baseballMLB (AL)
Frank Thomas1994baseballMLB (AL)
Mike Trout2014baseballMLB (AL)
Mike Trout2016baseballMLB (AL)
Mike Trout2019baseballMLB (AL)
Mo Vaughn1995baseballMLB (AL)
Justin Verlander2011baseballMLB (AL)
Zoilo Versalles1965baseballMLB (AL)
Ted Williams1946baseballMLB (AL)
Ted Williams1949baseballMLB (AL)
Carl Yastrzemski1967baseballMLB (AL)
Robin Yount1982baseballMLB (AL)
Robin Yount1989baseballMLB (AL)
Hank Aaron1957baseballMLB (NL)
Jeff Bagwell1994baseballMLB (NL)
Ernie Banks1958baseballMLB (NL)
Ernie Banks1959baseballMLB (NL)
Cody Bellinger2019baseballMLB (NL)
Johnny Bench1970baseballMLB (NL)
Johnny Bench1972baseballMLB (NL)
Barry Bonds1990baseballMLB (NL)
Barry Bonds1992baseballMLB (NL)
Barry Bonds1993baseballMLB (NL)
Barry Bonds2001baseballMLB (NL)
Barry Bonds2002baseballMLB (NL)
Barry Bonds2003baseballMLB (NL)
Barry Bonds2004baseballMLB (NL)
Jim Bottomley1928baseballMLB (NL)
Ken Boyer1964baseballMLB (NL)
Ryan Braun2011baseballMLB (NL)
Kris Bryant2016baseballMLB (NL)
Dolph Camilli1941baseballMLB (NL)
Ken Caminiti1996baseballMLB (NL)
Roy Campanella1951baseballMLB (NL)
Roy Campanella1953baseballMLB (NL)
Roy Campanella1955baseballMLB (NL)
Phil Cavarretta1945baseballMLB (NL)
Orlando Cepeda1967baseballMLB (NL)
Roberto Clemente1966baseballMLB (NL)
Mort Cooper1942baseballMLB (NL)
Andre Dawson1987baseballMLB (NL)
Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean1934baseballMLB (NL)
Bob Elliott1947baseballMLB (NL)
George Foster1977baseballMLB (NL)
Frankie Frisch1931baseballMLB (NL)
Steve Garvey1974baseballMLB (NL)
Bob Gibson1968baseballMLB (NL)
Kirk Gibson1988baseballMLB (NL)
Dick Groat1960baseballMLB (NL)
Bryce Harper2015baseballMLB (NL)
Gabby Hartnett1935baseballMLB (NL)
Keith Hernandez1979baseballMLB (NL)
Rogers Hornsby1925baseballMLB (NL)
Rogers Hornsby1929baseballMLB (NL)
Ryan Howard2006baseballMLB (NL)
Carl Hubbell1933baseballMLB (NL)
Carl Hubbell1936baseballMLB (NL)
Chipper Jones1999baseballMLB (NL)
Jeff Kent2000baseballMLB (NL)
Clayton Kershaw2014baseballMLB (NL)
Chuck Klein1932baseballMLB (NL)
Jim Konstanty1950baseballMLB (NL)
Sandy Koufax1963baseballMLB (NL)
Barry Larkin1995baseballMLB (NL)
Ernie Lombardi1938baseballMLB (NL)
Marty Marion1944baseballMLB (NL)
Willie Mays1954baseballMLB (NL)
Willie Mays1965baseballMLB (NL)
Frank McCormick1940baseballMLB (NL)
Willie McCovey1969baseballMLB (NL)
Andrew McCutchen2013baseballMLB (NL)
Willie McGee1985baseballMLB (NL)
Joe Medwick1937baseballMLB (NL)
Kevin Mitchell1989baseballMLB (NL)
Joe Morgan1975baseballMLB (NL)
Joe Morgan1976baseballMLB (NL)
Dale Murphy1982baseballMLB (NL)
Dale Murphy1983baseballMLB (NL)
Stan Musial1943baseballMLB (NL)
Stan Musial1946baseballMLB (NL)
Stan Musial1948baseballMLB (NL)
Don Newcombe1956baseballMLB (NL)
Bob O'Farrell1926baseballMLB (NL)
Dave Parker1978baseballMLB (NL)
Terry Pendleton1991baseballMLB (NL)
Buster Posey2012baseballMLB (NL)
Albert Pujols2005baseballMLB (NL)
Albert Pujols2008baseballMLB (NL)
Albert Pujols2009baseballMLB (NL)
Frank Robinson1961baseballMLB (NL)
Jackie Robinson1949baseballMLB (NL)
Jimmy Rollins2007baseballMLB (NL)
Pete Rose1973baseballMLB (NL)
Ryne Sandberg1984baseballMLB (NL)
Hank Sauer1952baseballMLB (NL)
Mike Schmidt1980baseballMLB (NL)
Mike Schmidt1981baseballMLB (NL)
Mike Schmidt1986baseballMLB (NL)
Sammy Sosa1998baseballMLB (NL)
Giancarlo Stanton2017baseballMLB (NL)
Willie Stargell1979baseballMLB (NL)
Joe Torre1971baseballMLB (NL)
Dazzy Vance1924baseballMLB (NL)
Joey Votto2010baseballMLB (NL)
Larry Walker1997baseballMLB (NL)
Bucky Walters1939baseballMLB (NL)
Paul Waner1927baseballMLB (NL)
Maury Wills1962baseballMLB (NL)
Christian Yelich2018baseballMLB (NL)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1971basketballNBA(Alcindor)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1972basketballNBA(Alcindor)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1974basketballNBA(Alcindor)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1976basketballNBA(Alcindor)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1977basketballNBA(Alcindor)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1980basketballNBA(Alcindor)
Giannis Antetokounmpo2019basketballNBA
Giannis Antetokounmpo2020basketballNBA
Charles Barkley1993basketballNBA
Larry Bird1984basketballNBA
Larry Bird1985basketballNBA
Larry Bird1986basketballNBA
Kobe Bryant2008basketballNBA
Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain1960basketballNBA
Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain1966basketballNBA
Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain1967basketballNBA
Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain1968basketballNBA
Bob Cousy1957basketballNBA
Dave Cowens1973basketballNBA
Stephen Curry2015basketballNBA
Stephen Curry2016basketballNBA
Tim Duncan2002basketballNBA
Tim Duncan2003basketballNBA
Kevin Durant2014basketballNBA
Julius Erving1981basketballNBA
Kevin Garnett2004basketballNBA
James Harden2018basketballNBA
Allen Iverson2001basketballNBA
LeBron James2009basketballNBA
LeBron James2010basketballNBA
LeBron James2012basketballNBA
LeBron James2013basketballNBA
Earvin "Magic" Johnson1987basketballNBA
Earvin "Magic" Johnson1989basketballNBA
Earvin "Magic" Johnson1990basketballNBA
Michael Jordan1988basketballNBA
Michael Jordan1991basketballNBA
Michael Jordan1992basketballNBA
Michael Jordan1996basketballNBA
Michael Jordan1998basketballNBA
Karl Malone1997basketballNBA
Karl Malone1999basketballNBA
Moses Malone1979basketballNBA
Moses Malone1982basketballNBA
Moses Malone1983basketballNBA
Bob McAdoo1975basketballNBA
Steve Nash2005basketballNBA
Steve Nash2006basketballNBA
Dirk Nowitzki2007basketballNBA
Hakeem Olajuwon1994basketballNBA
Shaquille O'Neal2000basketballNBA
Bob Pettit1956basketballNBA
Bob Pettit1959basketballNBA
Willis Reed1970basketballNBA
Oscar Robertson1964basketballNBA
David Robinson1995basketballNBA
Derrick Rose2011basketballNBA
Bill Russell1958basketballNBA
Bill Russell1961basketballNBA
Bill Russell1962basketballNBA
Bill Russell1963basketballNBA
Bill Russell1965basketballNBA
Wes Unseld1969basketballNBA
Bill Walton1978basketballNBA
Russell Westbrook2017basketballNBA
Shaun Alexander2005footballNFL
Marcus Allen1985footballNFL
Ken Anderson1981footballNFL
Terry Bradshaw1978footballNFL
Tom Brady2007footballNFL
Tom Brady2010footballNFL
Tom Brady2017footballNFL
John Brodie1970footballNFL
Jim Brown1965footballNFL
Larry Brown1972footballNFL
Earl Campbell1979footballNFL
Terrell Davis1998footballNFL
John Elway1987footballNFL
Norman Julius "Boomer" Esiason1988footballNFL
Marshall Faulk2000footballNFL
Brett Favre1995footballNFL
Brett Favre1996footballNFL
Brett Favre1997footballNFL
Roman Gabriel1969footballNFL
Rich Gannon2002footballNFL
Paul Hornung1961footballNFL
Lamar Jackson2019footballNFL
Bert Jones1976footballNFL
Patrick Mahomes2018footballNFL
Peyton Manning2003footballNFL
Peyton Manning2004footballNFL
Peyton Manning2008footballNFL
Peyton Manning2009footballNFL
Peyton Manning2013footballNFL
Dan Marino1984footballNFL
Steve McNair2003footballNFL
Joe Montana1989footballNFL
Joe Montana1990footballNFL
Earl Morrall1968footballNFL
Mark Moseley1982footballNFL
Cam Newton2015footballNFL
Alan Page1971footballNFL
Walter Payton1977footballNFL
Adrian Peterson2012footballNFL
Aaron Rodgers2011footballNFL
Aaron Rodgers2014footballNFL
Matt Ryan2016footballNFL
Barry Sanders1997footballNFL
O. J. Simpson1973footballNFL
Brian Sipe1980footballNFL
Emmitt Smith1993footballNFL
Ken Stabler1974footballNFL
Bart Starr1966footballNFL
Fran Tarkenton1975footballNFL
Jim Taylor1962footballNFL
Lawrence Taylor1986footballNFL
Joe Theismann1983footballNFL
Thurman Thomas1991footballNFL
Y. A. Tittle1963footballNFL
LaDainian Tomlinson2006footballNFL
Johnny Unitas1964footballNFL
Johnny Unitas1967footballNFL
Kurt Warner1999footballNFL
Kurt Warner2001footballNFL
Steve Young1992footballNFL
Steve Young1994footballNFL
Sid Abel1949ice hockeyNHL
Tommy Anderson1942ice hockeyNHL
Andy Bathgate1959ice hockeyNHL
Jean Béliveau1956ice hockeyNHL
Jean Béliveau1964ice hockeyNHL
Max Bentley1946ice hockeyNHL
Hector "Toe" Blake1939ice hockeyNHL
Billy Burch1925ice hockeyNHL
Bobby Clarke1973ice hockeyNHL
Bobby Clarke1975ice hockeyNHL
Bobby Clarke1976ice hockeyNHL
Bill Cowley1941ice hockeyNHL
Bill Cowley1943ice hockeyNHL
Sidney Crosby2007ice hockeyNHL
Sidney Crosby2014ice hockeyNHL
Phil Esposito1969ice hockeyNHL
Phil Esposito1974ice hockeyNHL
Sergei Fedorov1994ice hockeyNHL(Fyodorov)
Peter Forsberg2003ice hockeyNHL
Herb Gardiner1927ice hockeyNHL
Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion1961ice hockeyNHL
Ebbie Goodfellow1940ice hockeyNHL
Wayne Gretzky1980ice hockeyNHL
Wayne Gretzky1981ice hockeyNHL
Wayne Gretzky1982ice hockeyNHL
Wayne Gretzky1983ice hockeyNHL
Wayne Gretzky1984ice hockeyNHL
Wayne Gretzky1985ice hockeyNHL
Wayne Gretzky1986ice hockeyNHL
Wayne Gretzky1987ice hockeyNHL
Wayne Gretzky1989ice hockeyNHL
Taylor Hall2018ice hockeyNHL
Dominik Hašek1997ice hockeyNHL
Dominik Hašek1998ice hockeyNHL
Gordie Howe1952ice hockeyNHL
Gordie Howe1953ice hockeyNHL
Gordie Howe1957ice hockeyNHL
Gordie Howe1958ice hockeyNHL
Gordie Howe1960ice hockeyNHL
Gordie Howe1963ice hockeyNHL
Bobby Hull1965ice hockeyNHL
Bobby Hull1966ice hockeyNHL
Brett Hull1991ice hockeyNHL
Jaromír Jágr1999ice hockeyNHL
Aurèle Joliat1934ice hockeyNHL
Patrick Kane2016ice hockeyNHL
Ted Kennedy1955ice hockeyNHL
Nikita Kucherov2019ice hockeyNHL
Elmer Lach1945ice hockeyNHL
Guy Lafleur1977ice hockeyNHL
Guy Lafleur1978ice hockeyNHL
Mario Lemieux1988ice hockeyNHL
Mario Lemieux1993ice hockeyNHL
Mario Lemieux1996ice hockeyNHL
Eric Lindros1995ice hockeyNHL
Evgeni Malkin2012ice hockeyNHL
Connor McDavid2017ice hockeyNHL
Mark Messier1990ice hockeyNHL
Mark Messier1992ice hockeyNHL
Stan Mikita1967ice hockeyNHL(Guoth)
Stan Mikita1968ice hockeyNHL(Guoth)
Howie Morenz1928ice hockeyNHL
Howie Morenz1931ice hockeyNHL
Howie Morenz1932ice hockeyNHL
Frank Nighbor1924ice hockeyNHL
Herbert "Buddy" O'Connor1948ice hockeyNHL
Bobby Orr1970ice hockeyNHL
Bobby Orr1971ice hockeyNHL
Bobby Orr1972ice hockeyNHL
Alexander Ovechkin2008ice hockeyNHL
Alexander Ovechkin2009ice hockeyNHL
Alexander Ovechkin2013ice hockeyNHL
Corey Perry2011ice hockeyNHL
Jacques Plante1962ice hockeyNHL
Walter "Babe" Pratt1944ice hockeyNHL
Carey Price2015ice hockeyNHL
Chris Pronger2000ice hockeyNHL
Chuck Rayner1950ice hockeyNHL
Maurice "Rocket" Richard1947ice hockeyNHL
Al Rollins1954ice hockeyNHL
Joe Sakic2001ice hockeyNHL
Milt Schmidt1951ice hockeyNHL
Henrik Sedin2010ice hockeyNHL
Eddie Shore1933ice hockeyNHL
Eddie Shore1935ice hockeyNHL
Eddie Shore1936ice hockeyNHL
Eddie Shore1938ice hockeyNHL
Albert "Babe" Siebert1937ice hockeyNHL
Nels Stewart1926ice hockeyNHL
Nels Stewart1930ice hockeyNHL
Martin St. Louis2004ice hockeyNHL
José Théodore2002ice hockeyNHL
Joe Thornton2006ice hockeyNHL
Bryan Trottier1979ice hockeyNHL
Roy Worters1929ice hockeyNHL