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first player to win multiple All-Star Game MVP Awards (1963,
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable
Player (MVP) Award is an annual Major
League Baseball (MLB) award given to the most outstanding
player in each year's MLB All-Star Game.
Awarded each season since 1962, it was originally called the
"Arch Ward Memorial Award" in honor of Arch Ward, the man who conceived of the
All-Star Game. The award's name was changed to the "Commissioner's
Trophy" in 1970, but this name change was reversed in 1985 when the
Trophy was renamed the Commissioner's Trophy.
Finally, the trophy was renamed the Ted Williams Most
Valuable Player Award in 2002, in honor of former Boston Red Sox
Williams, who had died earlier that year.
No award was presented for the 2002 All-Star
Game, which ended in a tie.
Thus, the Anaheim Angels' Garret Anderson
was the first recipient of the newly named Ted Williams Award in 2003.
As of 2009, a National League player has won the
award 24 times (including one award shared by two players), and American League
players have won 24 times. Baltimore Orioles players have won
the most awards for a single franchise (with six); players from the
Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San
Francisco Giants are tied for the most in the National League
with five each. Four players have won the award twice: Willie Mays (1963, 1968), Steve Garvey (1974, 1978), Gary Carter (1981, 1984), and Cal Ripken, Jr.
(1991, 2001). The
award has been shared by multiple players once; Bill Madlock and Jon Matlack shared the
award in 1975.
Two players have won the award for a game in which their league
Robinson in 1966 and Carl
Yastrzemski in 1970.
One pair of awardees were father and son (Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr.),
and another were brothers (Roberto Alomar and Sandy Alomar,
Carl Crawford of
the Tampa Bay
Rays is the most recent winner.
won the award in 1966, the first of only two times a
player from the losing team has won the award.
won the award in 2003, the first year it was presented
as the "Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award".
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Two All-Star games were played in 1962.
The 1975 award was shared by two players.
Ripken was elected as an American League All-Star at third base in
2001 but had spent the vast majority of his career at shortstop.
Ripken had announced earlier that year that he would retire and Alex Rodriguez,
the American League's starting shortstop, switched fielding
positions with Ripken in the first inning as homage.
A winner was not chosen in 2002, when the game ended in a tie.