Baseball/Rookie of the Year Award

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Awarding the top rookie player began in 1947, coincidentally the year in which Jackie Robinson endured the toughest rookie year in baseball history. Fittingly, he won the award.

What qualifies as a rookie?

In order to qualify for the award a player must have accumulated, prior to the season under consideration:

  • Fewer than 130 at bats and 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues or
  • Fewer than 45 days on the roster of Major League clubs

List of winners

combined award
1947Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers 1B
1948Alvin Dark, Boston Braves SS
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1949 Roy Sievers, St. Louis Browns OF Don Newcombe, Brooklyn Dodgers P
1950 Walt Dropo, Boston Red Sox 1B Sam Jethroe, Boston Braves OF
1951 Gil McDougald, New York Yankees 3B Willie Mays, New York Giants OF
1952 Harry Byrd, Philadelphia Athletics P Joe Black, Brooklyn Dodgers P
1953 Harvey Kuenn, Detroit Tigers SS Jim Gilliam, Brooklyn Dodgers 2B
1954 Bob Grim, New York Yankees P Wally Moon St Louis OF
1955 Herb Score, Cleveland Indians P Bill Virdon, St. Louis Cardinals OF
1956 Luis Aparicio, Chicago White Sox SS Frank Robinson, Cincinnati Reds OF
1957 Tony Kubek, New York Yankees SS Jack Sanford, Philadelphia Phillies P
1958 Albie Pearson, Washington Senators OF Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco Giants 1B
1959 Bob Allison, Washington Senators OF Willie McCovey, San Francisco Giants 1B
1960 Ron Hansen, Baltimore Orioles SS Frank Howard, Los Angeles Dodgers OF
1961 Don Schwall, Boston Red Sox P Billy Williams, Chicago Cubs OF
1962 Tommy Tresh, New York Yankees SS Ken Hubbs, Chicago Cubs 2B
1963 Gary Peters, Chicago White Sox P Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds
1964 Tony Oliva, Minnesota Twins OF Dick Allen, Philadelphia Phillies
1965 Curt Blefary, Baltimore Orioles OF Jim Lefebvre, Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
1966 Tommie Agee, Chicago White Sox OF Tommy Helms, Cincinnati Reds 2B
1967 Rod Carew, Minnesota Twins 2B Tom Seaver, New York Mets P
1968 Stan Bahnsen, New York Yankees P Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds C
1969 Lou Piniella, Kansas City Royals OF Ted Sizemore, Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
1970 Thurman Munson, New York Yankees C Carl Morton, Montreal Expos P
1971 Chris Chambliss, Cleveland Indians 1B Earl Williams, Atlanta Braves C
1972 Carlton Fisk, Boston Red Sox C Jon Matlack, New York Mets P
1973 Al Bumbry, Baltimore Orioles OF Gary Matthews, San Francisco Giants OF
1974 Mike Hargrove, Texas Rangers 1B Bake McBride, St. Louis Cardinals OF
1975 Fred Lynn, Boston Red Sox OF John Montefusco, San Francisco Giants P
1976 Mark Fidrych, Detroit Tigers P Butch Metzger, San Diego Padres P
Pat Zachry, Cincinnati Reds P
1977 Eddie Murray, Baltimore Orioles DH Andre Dawson, Montreal Expos OF
1978 Lou Whitaker, Detroit Tigers 2B Bob Horner, Atlanta Braves 3B
1979 John Castino, Minnesota Twins 3B
Alfredo Griffin, Toronto Blue Jays SS
Rick Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Dodgers P
1980 Joe Charboneau, Cleveland Indians OF Steve Howe, Los Angeles Dodgers P
1981 Dave Righetti, New York Yankees P Fernando Valenzuela, Los Angeles Dodgers P
1982 Cal Ripken, Jr., Baltimore Orioles SS Steve Sax, Los Angeles Dodgers 2B
1983 Ron Kittle, Chicago White Sox OF Darryl Strawberry, New York Mets OF
1984 Alvin Davis, Seattle Mariners 1B Dwight Gooden, New York Mets P
1985 Ozzie Guillen, Chicago White Sox SS Vince Coleman, St. Louis Cardinals OF
1986 Jose Canseco, Oakland As OF Todd Worrell, St. Louis Cardinals P
1987 Mark McGwire, Oakland As 1B Benito Santiago, San Diego Padres C
1988 Walt Weiss, Oakland As SS Chris Sabo, Cincinnati Reds 3B
1989 Gregg Olson, Baltimore Orioles P Jerome Walton, Chicago Cubs OF
1990 Sandy Alomar, Jr., Cleveland Indians C David Justice, Atlanta Braves OF
1991 Chuck Knoblauch, Minnesota Twins 2B Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros 1B
1992 Pat Listach, Milwaukee Brewers SS Eric Karros, Los Angeles Dodgers 1B
1993 Tim Salmon, California Angels OF Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers C
1994 Bob Hamelin, Kansas City Royals DH Raul Mondesi, Los Angeles Dodgers OF
1995 Marty Cordova, Minnesota Twins OF Hideo Nomo, Los Angeles Dodgers P
1996 Derek Jeter, New York Yankees SS Todd Hollandsworth, Los Angeles Dodgers OF
1997 Nomar Garciaparra, Boston Red Sox SS Scott Rolen, Philadelphia Phillies 3B
1998 Ben Grieve, Oakland As OF Kerry Wood, Chicago Cubs P
1999 Carlos Beltran, Kansas City Royals OF Scott Williamson, Cincinnati Reds P
2000 Kazuhiro Sasaki, Seattle Mariners P Rafael Furcal, Atlanta Braves SS
2001 Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners P Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals SS