I just started a new series of polls in the BBF History of the Game forum in which we will be selecting our choices for each league's Most Valuable Players from 1901 until the present day (if we can keep it up). I'll post all of our winners here, starting with our 1901 AL MVP, Napoleon Lajoie.



Philadelphia second baseman Lajoie won the AL Triple Crown in 1901, leading the league in batting (.426), home runs (14), and RBI (125). He also topped the league in on base pct (.463), slugging pct (.643), OPS (1.106), runs scored (145), hits (232), total bases (350), doubles (48), and runs created (158). Not surprisingly, Nap recieved all 24 votes in our poll, making him our first unanimous choice.

Lajoie had previously been with the cross-town Philadelphia Phillies, but jumped to the newly formed AL before the 1901 season. The Phillies took Mack and the A's to court and got an injunction that would prevent Lajoie from playing any games in Pennsylvania effective the beginning of the 1902 season, leading to his move to Cleveland the next year.

Final vote tally

total ballots cast: 24

1. Nap Lajoie 24 votes (100%)