Originally Posted by oneupper
Dimaggio won three MVPs. Every one was in a year the Yankees won the pennant.
Cabrera .318/.394/.560 Career.
Since the onset of the MVP award as selected by the baseball writers in 1931, the only times a player won the triple crown and did not win the MVP award were seasons in which his team failed to make the post season: Chuck Klein in 1933, Lou Gehrig in 1934 and Ted Williams in 1942 and 1947.
Joe DiMaggio probably didn't deserve the MVP award he received in 1947 over Teddy Ballgame but it has long amazed me that DiMaggio didn't receivee the MVP in 1937, his second season. The MVP went to Detroit's Charlie Gehringer. Gehringer did lead the AL in batting average with .371 compared to DiMaggio's .346, and his OBP of .458 led DiMagio's .412 (Lou Gehrig led the AL in OBP). However DiMaggio had a huge edge over Gehringer in most other offensive categories, with 151 runs scored to 133, 46 HR to 14, and a .673 slugging percentage to .520, leading the AL in those three categories, along with 167 RBI to Gehringer's 96. I can't imagine that Gehringer had any greater value in the field than DiMaggio either. As for their teams, the 1937 Yankees won the pennant by 13 games over the Tigers. Yet Gehringer was given the award.