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Associated Press Athlete of the Year

The first Athlete of the Year award in the United States was initiated by the Associated Press (AP) in 1931. At a time when women in sports were not given the same recognition as men, the AP offered a male and a female athlete of the year award to either a professional or amateur athlete. The awards are voted on annually by a panel of AP sports editors from across the United States. A large majority of the winners have been Americans. However, non-Americans are also eligible for the honor, and have won on a few occasions.

List of award winnersEdit

Year Male Female
Name Sport Name Sport
1931   Pepper Martin Major League Baseball   Helene Madison Swimming
1932   Gene Sarazen PGA golf   Babe Didrikson Track and field
1933   Carl Hubbell Major League Baseball   Helen Jacobs Tennis
1934   Dizzy Dean Major League Baseball   Virginia Van Wie Golf
1935   Joe Louis Boxing   Helen Wills Moody Tennis
1936   Jesse Owens Track and field   Helen Stephens Track and field
1937   Don Budge Tennis   Katherine Rawls Swimming
1938   Don Budge Tennis   Patty Berg Golf
1939   Nile Kinnick College football   Alice Marble Tennis
1940   Tom Harmon College football   Alice Marble Tennis
1941   Joe DiMaggio Major League Baseball   Betty Hicks Newell Golf
1942   Frank Sinkwich College football   Gloria Callen Swimming
1943   Gunder Hägg Track and field   Patty Berg Golf
1944   Byron Nelson PGA golf   Ann Curtis Swimming
1945   Byron Nelson PGA golf   Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf
1946   Glenn Davis College football   Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf
1947   Johnny Lujack College football   Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf
1948   Lou Boudreau Major League Baseball   Fanny Blankers-Koen Track and field
1949   Leon Hart College football   Marlene Bauer Golf
1950   Jim Konstanty Major League Baseball   Babe Didrikson Zaharias LPGA golf[1]
1951   Dick Kazmaier College football   Maureen Connolly Tennis
1952   Bob Mathias Track and field   Maureen Connolly Tennis
1953   Ben Hogan PGA golf   Maureen Connolly Tennis
1954   Willie Mays Major League Baseball   Babe Didrikson Zaharias LPGA golf
1955   Howard "Hopalong" Cassady College football   Patty Berg LPGA golf
1956   Mickey Mantle Major League Baseball   Pat McCormick Diving
1957   Ted Williams Major League Baseball   Althea Gibson Tennis
1958   Herb Elliott Track and field   Althea Gibson Tennis
1959   Ingemar Johansson Boxing   Maria Bueno Tennis
1960   Rafer Johnson Track and field   Wilma Rudolph Track and field
1961   Roger Maris Major League Baseball   Wilma Rudolph Track and field
1962   Maury Wills Major League Baseball   Dawn Fraser Swimming
1963   Sandy Koufax Major League Baseball   Mickey Wright LPGA golf
1964   Don Schollander Swimming   Mickey Wright LPGA golf
1965   Sandy Koufax Major League Baseball   Kathy Whitworth LPGA golf
1966   Frank Robinson Major League Baseball   Kathy Whitworth LPGA golf
1967   Carl Yastrzemski Major League Baseball   Billie Jean King Tennis
1968   Denny McLain Major League Baseball   Peggy Fleming Figure skating
1969   Tom Seaver Major League Baseball   Debbie Meyer Swimming
1970   George Blanda National Football League   Chi Cheng Track and field
1971   Lee Trevino PGA golf   Evonne Goolagong Tennis
1972   Mark Spitz Swimming   Olga Korbut Gymnastics
1973   O.J. Simpson National Football League   Billie Jean King Tennis
1974   Muhammad Ali Boxing   Chris Evert Tennis
1975   Fred Lynn Major League Baseball   Chris Evert Tennis
1976   Bruce Jenner Track and field   Nadia Comăneci Gymnastics
1977   Steve Cauthen Horse racing   Chris Evert Tennis
1978   Ron Guidry Major League Baseball   Nancy Lopez LPGA golf
1979   Willie Stargell Major League Baseball   Tracy Austin Tennis
1980   U.S. Olympic hockey team Ice hockey   Chris Evert Lloyd Tennis
1981   John McEnroe Tennis   Tracy Austin Tennis
1982   Wayne Gretzky National Hockey League   Mary Tabb Track and field
1983   Carl Lewis Track and field   Martina Navratilova Tennis
1984   Carl Lewis Track and field   Mary Lou Retton Gymnastics
1985   Dwight Gooden Major League Baseball   Nancy Lopez LPGA golf
1986   Larry Bird National Basketball Association   Martina Navratilova Tennis
1987   Ben Johnson Track and field   Jackie Joyner-Kersee Track and field
1988   Orel Hershiser Major League Baseball   Florence Griffith Joyner Track and field
1989   Joe Montana National Football League   Steffi Graf Tennis
1990   Joe Montana National Football League   Beth Daniel LPGA golf
1991   Michael Jordan National Basketball Association   Monica Seles[2] Tennis
1992   Michael Jordan National Basketball Association   Monica Seles Tennis
1993   Michael Jordan National Basketball Association   Sheryl Swoopes College basketball
1994   George Foreman Boxing   Bonnie Blair Speed skating
1995   Cal Ripken, Jr. Major League Baseball   Rebecca Lobo College basketball
1996   Michael Johnson Track and field   Amy Van Dyken Swimming
1997   Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf   Martina Hingis Tennis
1998   Mark McGwire Major League Baseball   Se Ri Pak LPGA golf
1999   Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf   U.S. women's soccer team Soccer
2000   Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf   Marion Jones Track and field
2001   Barry Bonds Major League Baseball   Jennifer Capriati Tennis
2002   Lance Armstrong Cycling   Serena Williams Tennis
2003   Lance Armstrong Cycling   Annika Sörenstam LPGA golf
2004   Lance Armstrong Cycling   Annika Sörenstam LPGA golf
2005   Lance Armstrong Cycling   Annika Sörenstam LPGA golf
2006   Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf   Lorena Ochoa LPGA golf
2007   Tom Brady National Football League   Lorena Ochoa LPGA golf
2008   Michael Phelps Swimming   Candace Parker Women's National Basketball Association
2009   Jimmie Johnson[3] NASCAR   Serena Williams Tennis
2010   Drew Brees National Football League   Lindsey Vonn Skiing
2011   Aaron Rodgers National Football League   Abby Wambach Soccer
2012   Michael Phelps Swimming   Gabby Douglas Gymnastics
2013   LeBron James National Basketball Association   Serena Williams Tennis
2014   Madison Bumgarner[4] Major League Baseball   Mo'ne Davis[5] Little League baseball
2015   Stephen Curry National Basketball Association   Serena Williams Tennis
2016   LeBron James National Basketball Association   Simone Biles Gymnastics
2017   José Altuve[6] Major League Baseball   Katie Ledecky[7] Swimming

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ This was the year of the founding of the LPGA.
  2. ^ Became a U.S. citizen in 1994.
  3. ^ "Johnson is AP's top male athlete of '09". Associated Press (ESPN.com). December 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Madison Bumgarner gets AP honor". Associated Press (via ESPN.com). December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Astros star Jose Altuve named AP Male Athlete of the Year". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 27, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  7. ^ Beth Harris (2017-12-26). "Katie Ledecky Swims to AP Female Athlete of the Year Honors". The Washington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 

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