On This Day In Baseball History: November 4, 1959

 

Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks wins his second consecutive NL MVP award beating out Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Wally Moon, and Sam Jones. Banks earned the award by hitting .304 with 45 home runs and lead leading 143 rbi. He also had a 3.5 dWAR to go along with his .985 fielding percentage. Mr. Cub became the first NL player to win back-to-back MVP awards joining Jimmie Foxx (1932 & 1933), Hal Newhouser (1944 & 1945), Yogi Berra (1954 & 1955), and Mickey Mantle (1956 & 1957) who had all accomplished the feat in the AL.

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