Robinson first to win both AL and NL MVP
Nov. 8, 1966
Eleven months after being traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles, Frank Robinson becomes the only player to ever be voted the MVP in both leagues when he is a unanimous choice by the Baseball Writers' Association of America for the American League award.
The righthanded slugger, who had won the National League MVP in 1961 with the Reds, had a Triple Crown season with the Orioles, batting .316 average with 49 homers and 122 runs batted in. His performance sparked Baltimore to its first pennant and a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
The 31-year-old outfielder leads a 1-2-3 Orioles sweep in the voting as Brooks Robinson finishes second and Boog Powell third. For the first time since the writers began voting in 1931, no Yankee finishes in the top 10.
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