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1956 American League Most Valuable Player Award

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The unanimous winner of the 1956 American League Most Valuable Player Award was Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees.

[edit] Award Voting

† indicates playoff team
Player Team Points Points Share (Max Points) First Votes AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG W - L SV IP H HR BB SO ERA
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees †^ 336 1.000 (336) 24 533 132 188 52 130 10 112 99 0.353 0.464 0.705 Did not pitch
Yogi Berra New York Yankees 186 0.554 (336) 0 521 93 155 30 105 3 65 29 0.298 0.378 0.534 Did not pitch
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers 142 0.423 (336) 0 617 96 194 27 128 7 70 55 0.314 0.383 0.530 Did not pitch
Harvey Kuenn Detroit Tigers 80 0.238 (336) 0 591 96 196 12 88 9 55 34 0.332 0.387 0.470 Did not pitch
Billy Pierce Chicago White Sox 75 0.223 (336) 0 102 6 16 0 3 0 3 22 0.157 0.189 0.157 20 - 9 1 276.1 261 24 100 192 3.32
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox 70 0.208 (336) 0 400 71 138 24 82 0 102 39 0.345 0.479 0.605 Did not pitch
Bob Nieman Chicago White Sox 55 0.164 (336) 0 40 3 12 2 4 0 4 4 0.300 0.364 0.475 Did not pitch
Gil McDougald New York Yankees 55 0.164 (336) 0 438 79 136 13 56 3 68 59 0.311 0.405 0.443 Did not pitch
Bob Nieman Baltimore Orioles 55 0.164 (336) 0 388 60 125 12 64 1 86 59 0.322 0.442 0.497 Did not pitch
Vic Wertz Cleveland Indians 45 0.134 (336) 0 481 65 127 32 106 0 75 87 0.264 0.364 0.509 Did not pitch
Bob Lemon Cleveland Indians 40 0.119 (336) 0 93 8 18 5 12 0 9 21 0.194 0.272 0.355 20 - 14 3 255.1 230 23 89 94 3.03
Harry Simpson Kansas City Athletics 37 0.110 (336) 0 543 76 159 21 105 2 47 82 0.293 0.347 0.490 Did not pitch
Whitey Ford New York Yankees 33 0.098 (336) 0 78 9 17 0 4 0 9 14 0.218 0.299 0.244 19 - 6 1 225.2 187 13 84 141 2.47
Early Wynn Cleveland Indians 32 0.095 (336) 0 101 5 23 1 15 1 7 22 0.228 0.278 0.307 20 - 9 2 277.2 233 19 91 158 2.72
Nellie Fox Chicago White Sox 28 0.083 (336) 0 649 109 192 4 52 8 44 14 0.296 0.347 0.376 Did not pitch
Jim Piersall Boston Red Sox 28 0.083 (336) 0 601 91 176 14 87 7 58 48 0.293 0.350 0.449 Did not pitch
Sherm Lollar Chicago White Sox 27 0.080 (336) 0 450 55 132 11 75 2 53 34 0.293 0.383 0.438 Did not pitch
Frank Lary Detroit Tigers 24 0.071 (336) 0 103 14 19 1 12 0 8 25 0.184 0.239 0.233 21 - 13 1 294.0 289 20 116 165 3.15
Pete Runnels Washington Senators 24 0.071 (336) 0 578 72 179 8 76 5 58 64 0.310 0.372 0.433 Did not pitch
Herb Score Cleveland Indians 18 0.054 (336) 0 87 11 16 1 8 0 9 32 0.184 0.260 0.253 20 - 9 0 249.1 162 18 129 263 2.53
Jackie Jensen Boston Red Sox 15 0.045 (336) 0 578 80 182 20 97 11 89 43 0.315 0.405 0.497 Did not pitch
Mickey Vernon Boston Red Sox 14 0.042 (336) 0 403 67 125 15 84 1 57 40 0.310 0.403 0.511 Did not pitch
Tom Brewer Boston Red Sox 11 0.033 (336) 0 94 14 28 1 13 0 5 19 0.298 0.330 0.351 19 - 9 0 244.1 200 14 112 127 3.50
Hank Bauer New York Yankees 8 0.024 (336) 0 539 96 130 26 84 4 59 72 0.241 0.316 0.445 Did not pitch
Charlie Maxwell Detroit Tigers 8 0.024 (336) 0 500 96 163 28 87 1 79 74 0.326 0.414 0.534 Did not pitch
Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox 7 0.021 (336) 0 533 69 142 3 56 21 34 63 0.266 0.311 0.341 Did not pitch
Gus Triandos Baltimore Orioles 6 0.018 (336) 0 452 47 126 21 88 0 48 73 0.279 0.348 0.462 Did not pitch
Vic Power Kansas City Athletics 3 0.009 (336) 0 530 77 164 14 63 2 24 16 0.309 0.340 0.447 Did not pitch
Frank Bolling Detroit Tigers 3 0.009 (336) 0 366 53 103 7 45 6 42 51 0.281 0.354 0.434 Did not pitch
Minnie Minoso Chicago White Sox 3 0.009 (336) 0 545 106 172 21 88 12 86 40 0.316 0.425 0.525 Did not pitch
Johnny Kucks New York Yankees 2 0.006 (336) 0 77 7 11 0 1 0 7 25 0.143 0.224 0.156 18 - 9 0 224.1 223 19 72 67 3.85
Roy Sievers Washington Senators 1 0.003 (336) 0 550 92 139 29 95 0 100 88 0.253 0.370 0.467 Did not pitch
Preceded by
1955
Most Valuable Player Award
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1956
Succeeded by
1957
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