Southern Association Most Valuable Player Award

The Southern Association Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) was an annual award given to the best player in Minor League Baseball's Southern Association based on their regular season performance. Though the league was established in 1901,[1] the award was not created until 1937.[2] It continued to be issued through the 1957 season,[2] though the league continued operation until after the 1961 season.[1]

Southern Association
Most Valuable Player Award
SportBaseball
LeagueSouthern Association
Given forRegular season most valuable player of the Southern Association
CountryUnited States
Presented bySouthern Association
History
First award1937
Final award1957
Coaker Triplett won the first MVP Award in 1937 with the Memphis Chicks.
Bob Lennon, the 1954 MVP, was one of nine Nashville Vols to win the award.

Nine outfielders won the MVP Award, the most of any position. Catchers, with three winners, won the most among infielders, followed by first basemen, second baseman, and third baseman (2). Four pitchers also won the award.

Eight players from the Nashville Vols were selected for the MVP Award, more than any other team in the league, followed by the Atlanta Crackers (4); the Memphis Chicks (3); the Little Rock Travelers and Mobile Bears (2); and the Chattanooga Lookouts, Knoxville Smokies, and New Orleans Pelicans (1).

Four players from the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball (MLB) organization won the MVP Award, more than any other, followed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations (2); the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, and Washington Senators organizations (1). Five players were from teams unaffiliated with any MLB organization.

KeyEdit

Position Indicates the player's primary position
(#) Number of wins by players who have won the award multiple times
^ Indicates multiple award winners in the same year

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Team Organization Position Ref.
1937 Coaker Triplett Memphis Chicks Unaffiliated Outfielder [3]
1938 Red Evans New Orleans Pelicans Cleveland Indians Pitcher [4]
1939 Babe Young Knoxville Smokies Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [5]
1940^ Greek George Nashville Vols Brooklyn Dodgers Catcher [6]
1940^ Emil Mailho Atlanta Crackers Unaffiliated Outfielder [7]
1941 Les Burge Atlanta Crackers Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [8]
1942 Roy Schalk Little Rock Travelers Unaffiliated Second baseman [9]
1943 Ed Sauer Nashville Vols Chicago Cubs Outfielder [10]
1944 Pete Gray Memphis Chicks St. Louis Browns Outfielder [11]
1945 Ted Cieslak (1) Atlanta Crackers Unaffiliated Third baseman [12]
1946 Ted Cieslak (2) Atlanta Crackers Unaffiliated Third baseman [12]
1947 Cliff Dapper Mobile Bears Brooklyn Dodgers Catcher [13]
1948 Chuck Workman Nashville Vols Chicago Cubs Outfielder [14]
1949 Carl Sawatski Nashville Vols Chicago Cubs Catcher [15]
1950 Bob Schultz Nashville Vols Chicago Cubs Pitcher [16]
1951 Halbert Simpson Little Rock Travelers Detroit Tigers Outfielder [17]
1952 Ellis Clary Chattanooga Lookouts Washington Senators Second baseman [18]
1953 Jack Harshman Nashville Vols New York Giants Pitcher [19]
1954 Bob Lennon Nashville Vols New York Giants Outfielder [20]
1955 Ed White Memphis Chicks Chicago White Sox Outfielder [21]
1956 Gene Lary Mobile Bears Cleveland Indians Pitcher [22]
1957 Stan Palys Nashville Vols Cincinnati Reds Outfielder [23]

Wins by teamEdit

Team Award(s) Year(s)
Nashville Vols 8 1940, 1943, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1957
Atlanta Crackers 4 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946
Memphis Chicks 3 1937, 1944, 1955
Little Rock Travelers 2 1942, 1951
Mobile Bears 1947, 1956
Chattanooga Lookouts 1 1952
Knoxville Smokies 1939
New Orleans Pelicans 1939

Wins by organizationEdit

Organization Award(s) Year(s)
Chicago Cubs 4 1943, 1948, 1949, 1950
Brooklyn Dodgers 2 1940, 1947
Cleveland Indians 1938, 1956
New York Giants 1953, 1954
Pittsburgh Pirates 1939, 1941
Chicago White Sox 1 1955
Cincinnati Reds 1957
Detroit Tigers 1951
St. Louis Browns 1944
Washington Senators 1952

ReferencesEdit

Specific
  1. ^ a b "Southern Association (AA) Encyclopedia and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Timeline" (PDF). Southern Association Baseball. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Coaker Triplett Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Red Evans Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Babe Young Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Greek George Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Emil Mailho Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "Lester Burge Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Roy Schalk Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "Ed Sauer Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Pete Gray Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Ted Cieslak Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  13. ^ "Cliff Dapper Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  14. ^ "Chuck Workman Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  15. ^ "Carl Sawatski Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  16. ^ "Bob Schultz Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  17. ^ "Halbert Simpson Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "Ellis Clary Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  19. ^ "Jack Harshman Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  20. ^ "Bob Lennon Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  21. ^ "Ed White Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  22. ^ "Gene Lary Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  23. ^ "Gene Lary Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
General
  • "Timeline" (PDF). Southern Association Baseball. Retrieved August 8, 2020.