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The American League MVP trophy - detail.

Lefty Grove, MVP American League, 1931 Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


Robert Moses Grove was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for the American League in 1931. This selection was made by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and was the first time the award had been made by the writers' association. The Baseball Writers Association continues to make the award to the American and National Leagues.

The first official award was the Chalmers Award, which, from 1911 through 1914, presented a Chalmers automobile to the player judged to be the most outstanding in his respective league.

Beginning in 1922, baseball writers began to select who they considered the American Leagues' Most Valuable Player. In 1924 baseball writers selected a National League MVP. The rules for the leagues were different and both were unclear, unfair and questioned by writers and players alike.

The responsibility of selecting the respective leagues' most valuable players was turned over to the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) in 1931, and this group has continued ever since. The first selections made were Robert "Lefty" Grove of the Philadelphia Athletics in the American League and Frankie Frisch of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League.

... from The Baseball encyclopedia : the complete and definitive record of major league baseball, edited by Jeanine Bucek, 1996

and Total baseball: the official encyclopedia of major league baseball, John Thorn et al., 2001


Dieges & Glust, silversmith

George's Creek Promotion Council

Detail. Lefty was a left-handed pitcher, but the trophy shows a right-handed pitcher.


Collection Location:
George's Creek Regional Library

Baseball; Grove, Lefty, 1900-1975; Pitchers (Baseball)

Lonaconing (Md.)

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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