Originally Posted by fearofpopvol1
I know that, but it's a strange way to vote for a player.
Kemp became the seventh player in Major League history to finish the season ranked in the top three in homers, batting average, RBIs and stolen bases in their respective league, joining Hall of Famers Ty Cobb (1907, 1909-11), Honus Wagner ('08), George Sisler ('20), Chuck Klein ('32), Willie Mays ('55) and Hank Aaron ('63).
Ironically, of the three other players you listed, whose seasons came after the present MVP award was established in 1931, only Chuck Klein won the MVP, and in 1932 Mel Ott arguably had the better season. In 1955 Roy Campanella ultimately was given the award in a confused vote where one writer named Campanella twice on his ballot; had the ballot been thrown out (as it should have been), then Duke Snider would have been the 1955 NL MVP. In 1963, Sandy Koufax was (properly in my view) named the NL MVP.