Ted Williams’ Lone MVP Vote in ’53 Would’ve Come in Handy in ’47



Last in an 11-part series examining the vagaries of awards voting. My final entry in this series more concerns odd fact than dispute. The Boston Red Sox’s Ted Williams, perhaps baseball’s most polarizing figure, was no stranger to MVP controversy. Well known were his distaste for the press and running feuds with several sportswriters—which ultimately led to his one-point runner-up finish…

“Indian Bob” Johnson Had Little to Do with the Washington Senators’ Resurgence



Eighth in an 11-part series examining the vagaries of awards voting. One of my favorite historical players, Bob Johnson, was known as “Indian Bob” because he was one-quarter Cherokee. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Washington State, Johnson toiled productively for years in the Pacific Coast League before finally getting a crack at the big time. Twenty-seven years old when…