Our 1901 BBF MVP vote was a two-man race between St. Louis outfielder Jesse Burkett, and Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner. In the end, Wagner won out, collecting 14 votes to Burkett's 11.



"The Flying Dutchman" was extremely versatile for the pennant winning Pirates in 1901, playing 61 games at shortstop, 54 games in the outfield, 32 at first, 1 at second, and even threw 5.3 innings in one pitching appearance, giving up 4 hits, no earned runs, and striking out 5. He led the league with 126 RBI and 54 stolen bases, and shows up on the leaderboards for every offensive category, including batting average (.353/4th), OBA (.417/4th), slugging (.494/6th), OPS (.911/4th), runs (101/10th), hits (194/4th), total bases (271/4th), doubles (37/3rd), home runs (6/9th), and runs created (111/4th). Burkett, who led the NL in batting average (.373) and on base percentage (.440) (as well as runs, hits, total bases, adjusted OPS+, and runs created), topped Wagner in most categories, but he could only help St. Louis finish 76-64, 14.5 games back of the Pirates.

Final vote tally:

total ballots cast: 28

1. Honus Wagner 14 votes (50%)
2. Jesse Burkett 11 votes (46%)
3. Sam Crawford 1 vote
Christy Mathewson 1 vote
Deacon Phillipe 1 vote