Yankees catcher Elston Howard is the first African-American to be voted the American League's MVP.
Lou Gehrig is named the American League's MVP. Babe Ruth, who hit 60 home runs, is ineligible because he's already won the award.
By winning the American League MVP, Red Sox centerfielder Fred Lynn becomes the first player to win that award and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
Carl Yastrzemski's Triple Crown season (.326 average, 121 RBI and 44 homers) earns him AL MVP honors. The 28-year-old Boston left-fielder helped lead the Red Sox from a ninth-place finish last year to their first pennant in 21 years.
Not only does Mickey Mantle win the Triple Crown, but today he is the unanimous choice for the American League Most Valuable Player award.
Roger Maris, 51, a two-time American League MVP who broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record by hitting 61 homers in 1961, dies at 51.
Though he won the Triple Crown, Boston's Ted Williams loses the American League MVP to the Yankees' Joe DiMaggio - by one vote.
The Orioles' Frank Robinson is the unanimous choice for the American League MVP, becoming the first player to win MVPs in both leagues.
Boston's Jimmie Foxx wins his third American League MVP, the first player to have won the award three times.