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