The Silver Bat

The Silver Bat Award is presented annually to the batting champions of the American and National Leagues. The award was first given to the Major League batting champs in 1949 - George Kell of the Detroit Tigers and Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Before that, the trophy was awarded to the Minor League batting champions from 1934 to 1948. At one time it was called the “Louisville Slugger Trophy”.

Tony Gwynn won eight Silver Bats, more than any other player. He won four in a row from 1994 to 1997. Rod Carew racked up seven Silver Bats and Wade Boggs has five. Stan Musial, Roberto Clemente, and Bill Madlock are all four-time winners.

George Brett holds the distinction of winning Silver Bats in three different decades: 1976, 1980 and 1990.

The Silver Bat is sterling plated and weighs approximately 56 ounces. It is 34 inches long, and is engraved with the player's autograph and the statistics of his winning accomplishments. An official of Louisville Slugger presents the award at the player's home stadium the following season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Bat Winners

National League 

1949 - Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn) 
1950 - Stan Musial (St. Louis) 
1951 - Stan Musial (St. Louis) 
1952 - Stan Musial (St. Louis) 
1953 - Carl Furillo (Brooklyn) 
1954 - Willie Mays (New York) 
1955 - Richie Ashburn (Philadelphia) 
1956 - Henry Aaron (Milwaukee) 
1957 - Stan Musial (St. Louis) 
1958 - Richie Ashburn (Philadelphia) 
1959 - Henry Aaron (Milwaukee) 
1960 - Dick Groat (Pittsburgh) 
1961 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh) 
1962 - Tommy Davis (Los Angeles) 
1963 - Tommy Davis (Los Angeles) 
1964 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh) 
1965 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh) 
1966 - Matty Alou (Pittsburgh) 
1967 - Roberto Clemente (Pittsburgh) 
1968 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati) 
1969 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati) 
1970 - Rico Carty (Atlanta) 
1971 - Joe Torre (St. Louis) 
1972 - Billy Williams (Chicago) 
1973 - Pete Rose (Cincinnati) 
1974 - Ralph Garr (Atlanta) 
1975 - Bill Madlock (Chicago) 
1976 - Bill Madlock (Chicago) 
1977 - Dave Parker (Pittsburgh) 
1978 - Dave Parker (Pittsburgh) 
1979 - Keith Hernandez (St. Louis) 
1980 - Bill Buckner (Chicago) 
1981 - Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh) 
1982 - Al Oliver (Montreal) 
1983 - Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh) 
1984 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego) 
1985 - Willie McGee (St. Louis) 
1986 - Tim Raines (Montreal) 
1987 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego) 
1988 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego) 
1989 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego) 
1990 - Willie McGee (St. Louis) 
1991 - Terry Pendleton (Atlanta) 
1992 - Gary Sheffield (San Diego) 
1993 - Andres Gallarraga (Colorado) 
1994 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego) 
1995 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego) 
1996 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego) 
1997 - Tony Gwynn (San Diego) 
1998 - Larry Walker (Colorado) 
1999 - Larry Walker (Colorado) 
2000 - Todd Helton (Colorado) 
2001 - Todd Walker (Cincinnati) 
2002 - Barry Bonds (San Fransisco) 
2003 - Albert Pujols (St. Louis) 
2004 - Barry Bonds (San Francisco) 
2005 - Derrek Lee (Chicago)
2006 - Freddie Sanchez (Pittsburgh) 
2007 - Matt Holliday (Colorado)
2008 - Chipper Jones (Atlanta)
2009 - Hanley Ramirez (Florida)
2010 - Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado)
2011 - Jose Reyes (New York)
2012 - Buster Posey (San Francisco)
2013 - Michael Cuddyer (Colorado)
2014 - Justin Morneau (Colorado)

American League

1949 - George Kell (Detroit) 
1950 - Billy Goodman (Boston) 
1951 - Ferris Fain (Philadelphia) 
1952 - Ferris Fain (Philadelphia) 
1953 - Mickey Vernon (Washington) 
1954 - Bobby Avila (Cleveland) 
1955 - Al Kaline (Detroit) 
1956 - Mickey Mantle (New York) 
1957 - Ted Williams (Boston) 
1958 - Ted Williams (Boston) 
1959 - Harvey Kuenn (Detroit) 
1960 - Pete Runnels (Boston) 
1961 - Norman Cash (Detroit) 
1962 - Pete Runnels (Boston) 
1963 - Carl Yastrzemski (Boston) 
1964 - Tony Oliva (Minnesota) 
1965 - Tony Oliva (Minnesota) 
1966 - Frank Robinson (Baltimore) 
1967 - Carl Yastrzemski (Boston) 
1968 - Carl Yastrzemski (Boston) 
1969 - Rod Carew (Minnesota) 
1970 - Alex Johnson (California) 
1971 - Tony Oliva (Minnesota) 
1972 - Rod Carew (Minnesota) 
1973 - Rod Carew (Minnesota) 
1974 - Rod Carew (Minnesota) 
1975 - Rod Carew (Minnesota) 
1976 - George Brett (Kansas City) 
1977 - Rod Carew (Minnesota) 
1978 - Rod Carew (Minnesota) 
1979 - Fred Lynn (Boston) 
1980 - George Brett (Kansas City) 
1981 - Carney Lansford (Boston) 
1982 - Willie Wilson (Kansas City) 
1983 - Wade Boggs (Boston) 
1984 - Don Mattingly (New York) 
1985 - Wade Boggs (Boston) 
1986 - Wade Boggs (Boston) 
1987 - Wade Boggs (Boston) 
1988 - Wade Boggs (Boston) 
1989 - Kirby Puckett (Minnesota) 
1990 - George Brett (Kansas City) 
1991 - Julio Franco (Texas) 
1992 - Edgar Martinez (Seattle) 
1993 - John Olerud (Toronto) 
1994 - Paul O'Neill (New York) 
1995 - Edgar Martinez (Seattle) 
1996 - Alex Rodriguez (Seattle) 
1997 - Frank Thomas (Chicago) 
1998 - Bernie Williams (New York) 
1999 - Nomar Garciaparra (Boston) 
2000 - Nomar Garciaparra (Boston) 
2001 - Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle) 
2002 - Manny Ramirez (Boston) 
2003 - Bill Mueller (Boston) 
2004 - Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle) 
2005 - Michael Young (Texas)
2006 - Joe Mauer (Minnesota)
2007 - Magglio Ordonez (Detroit)
2008 - Joe Mauer (Minnesota)
2009 - Joe Mauer (Minnesota)
2010 - Josh Hamilton (Texas)
2011 - Miguel Cabrera (Detroit)
2012 - Miguel Cabrera (Detroit)
2013 - Miguel Cabrera (Detroit)
2014 - Jose Altuve (Houston)