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1956 Awards
 MVP
Sometimes, the more thing change, the more they remain the same.  This was the case for Ted Kluszewski during the 1956 AARBL season, as the slugging Peoria Chiefs first baseman took home his third consecutive MVP award.  The Big Klu copped the award by winning his second consecutive Triple Crown and leading the Chiefs to a first place tie in the Eastern Division.  For the season, Ted clubbed 55 home runs, collected 166 RBI's, and hit a career best equaling .365. In the voting, Klu received 9 of 10 first place votes, and easily bested Mickey Mantle of the Fremont Fear and Stan Lopata of the Wilmington Hornets for the award.
Ted Kluszewski 1956 AARBL MVP
1956 AARBL MVP
Ted Kluszewski
Peoria Chiefs
AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.365*
.699*
.405
148
572
120
209*
22
2
55*
166*
41
27
2
0
10
10
0
* Denotes led league

 Cy Young
The 1956 AARBL Cy Young race was a tight one, but in the end, North Bend Tadjers left hander Herb Score proved to be the people's choice.  Relying upon a deadly fastball, Score led a much improved North Bend squad to third place in the Western Division.   Score compiled a 16-11 record for the Tadjers, and led the league in strikeouts with 268, and E.R.A. allowing 2.84 earned runs per game.  In the Cy Young Award voting, Score gathered 5 first place votes, and was named on all ten ballots, as he bested Don Newcombe of the So Cal Knights and Dick Donovan of the Wilmington Hornets.
1956 AARBL Cy Young Herb Score
1956 AARBL Cy Young Award Winner
Herb Score
North Bend Tadjers
E.R.A.
W
L
PCT.
G
GS
CG
SH
SV
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
2.84*
16
11
.593
36
35
13
5*
0
262.2
172
91
83
29
141*
268*
* Denotes led league

 Babe Ruth
Ted Kluszewski finished the 1956 AARBL season in familiar fashion.  In addition to winning his third consecutive MVP, the Big Klu also took home his third consecutive Babe Ruth Award.  Ted took the award by winning his second consecutive Triple Crown and leading the Chiefs to a first place tie in the Eastern Division.  For the season, Ted clubbed 55 home runs, collected 166 RBIs, and hit a career best equaling .365.  In the voting, the Big Klu received 8 of 10 first place votes, and was named on 9 of 10 ballots as he beat out Mickey Mantle of the Fremont Fear for the award
Ted Kluszewski 1956 AARBL Babe Ruth Award
1956 AARBL Babe Ruth Award
Ted Kluszewski
Peoria Chiefs
AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.365*
.699*
.405
148
572
120
209*
22
2
55*
166*
41
27
2
0
10
10
0
* Denotes led league

 Rolaids Reliever
During the 1956 AARBL season, Marv Grissom was the go to guy out of the bullpen.  Pitching for the Butte Stompers, Grissom notched a league leading 32 saves with a 4-8 record and a lackluster 5.60 E.R.A.  Grissom totaled 64 Rolaids Reliever points, 8 better than runner up Bob Miller of the Wilmington Hornets who finished with 56.
Marv Grissom 1956 Rolaids Reliever
1956 AARBL Rolaids Relief Man
Marv Grissom
Butte Stompers
E.R.A.
W
L
PCT.
G
GS
CG
SH
SV
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
5.60
4
8
.333
58
0
0
0
32*
72.1
80
49
45
4
23
45
* Denotes led league

 Rookie of the Year
Frank Robinson, the #1 pick in the 1956 AARBL rookie draft proved that his selection was more than justified as he walked away with the AARBL's Rookie of the Year Award.  On the season, Robbie led the up and coming North Bend Tadjers to a third place finish in the Western Division, while batting .307 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs.  In the Rookie of the Year voting, Frank was a unanimous choice, claiming all 10 first place votes, and beating out surprise runner up Vito Valentinetti of the Des Moines Dusters.
1956 AARBL Rookie of the Year Frank Robinson
1956 AARBL Rookie of the Year
Frank Robinson
North Bend Tadjers
AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.307
.578
.392
154
586
108
180
35
8
36
110
55
97
28*
1
23
6
5
* Denotes led league


 MVP Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Kluszewski
Peoria
9
1
0
48
Mantle
Fremont
0
5
2
17
Lopata
Wilmington
1
1
3
11
Aaron
Butte
0
2
0
6
F. Robinson
North Bend
0
0
4
4
T. Williams
So Cal
0
1
0
3
Mathews
Wilmington
0
0
1
1
 Cy Young Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Score
North Bend
5
3
2
36
Newcombe
So Cal
3
2
3
24
Donovan
Wilmington
2
3
4
23
Craig
Wilmington
0
1
1
4
Wynn
Des Moines
0
1
0
3

 Babe Ruth Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Kluszewski
Peoria
8
1
0
43
Mantle
Fremont
2
7
0
31
Mathews
Wilmington
0
1
1
4
Adcock
Butte
0
0
4
4
T. Williams
So Cal
0
0
4
4
Lopata
Wilmington
0
1
0
3
Mays
Peoria
0
0
1
1

 R.O.Y. Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Robinson
North Bend
8
0
0
40
Valentinetti
Des Moines
1
3
2.5
16.5
Colavito
Alexandria
1
2
3
14
Maxwell
Peoria
0
4
1
13
Crimian
Peoria
0
1
.5
3.5
Lemon
Peoria
0
0
1
1
Mizell
Alexandria
0
0
1
1
McDaniel
Fremont
0
0
1
1

Strat-O-Matic Awards
Strat-O-Matic Report

Strat-O-Matic Report





AWARDS VOTING FOR 1956 AA Retro League                         Date: 10/10/1956

MVP AWARD                               CY YOUNG AWARD
T.Kluszewski(PEO) 389                   H.Score(NOB) 116
W.Mays(PEO) 361                         D.Donovan(WIL) 101
M.Mantle(FRE) 212                       R.Craig(WIL) 45
S.Lopata(WIL) 141                       D.Newcombe(SOC) 17
D.Snider(SOC) 94                        T.Brewer(NOB) 8

ALL-STAR SELECTIONS BY POSITION
C  S.Lopata(WIL) 2,491,265              Y.Berra(NOB) 1,781,553
1B T.Kluszewski(PEO) 3,266,581          G.Hodges(WIL) 1,900,588
2B N.Fox(FRE) 1,484,679                 J.Gilliam(BAY) 1,323,422
3B E.Mathews(WIL) 1,704,858             R.Boone(SOC) 1,471,943
SS E.Banks(ALX) 1,719,630               J.Logan(WIL) 1,368,158
LF F.Robinson(NOB) 2,134,780            T.Williams(SOC) 1,757,679
CF M.Mantle(FRE) 3,601,424              W.Mays(PEO) 2,689,463
RF A.Kaline(BAY) 2,159,968              H.Aaron(BUT) 2,047,277
Pi H.Score(NOB) 3,457,367               D.Donovan(WIL) 2,883,989
   E.Wynn(DES) 2,036,770                R.Craig(WIL) 2,010,581
   D.Newcombe(SOC) 1,918,864            T.Brewer(NOB) 1,917,538
   B.Rush(SOC) 1,573,852                B.Lawrence(BUT) 1,547,281
   W.Ford(NOB) 1,500,604                C.Johnson(BUT) 1,394,646
   B.Miller(WIL) 1,334,902              H.Wehmeier(WIL) 1,314,965

GOLD GLOVE SELECTIONS BY POSITION
WINNER                                  RUNNER UP
P  M.Dickson(FRE)                       W.Ford(NOB) 
C  Y.Berra(NOB)                         S.Lopata(WIL) 
1B P.Runnels(NOB)                       D.Long(ALX) 
2B R.Schoendiens(ALX)                   N.Fox(FRE) 
3B G.Kell(PEO)                          W.Jones(NOB) 
SS R.McMillan(BUT)                      J.Logan(WIL) 
OF J.Piersall(NOB)                      B.Virdon(DES) 
OF L.Doby(ALX)                          J.Jensen(DES) 
OF D.Snider(SOC)                        R.Ashburn(PEO) 

SILVER SLUGGER SELECTIONS BY POSITION
WINNER                                  RUNNER UP
C  S.Lopata(WIL)                        Y.Berra(NOB) 
1B T.Kluszewski(PEO)                    J.Adcock(BUT) 
2B J.Gilliam(BAY)                       N.Fox(FRE) 
3B E.Mathews(WIL)                       R.Boone(SOC) 
SS E.Banks(ALX)                         J.Logan(WIL) 
LF F.Robinson(NOB)                      T.Williams(SOC) 
CF M.Mantle(FRE)                        W.Mays(PEO) 
RF A.Kaline(BAY)                        H.Aaron(BUT) 

ROLAIDS FIREMAN RELIEF AWARD
M.Grissom(BUT) 64
B.Miller(WIL) 56
V.Valentinett(DES) 48
L.McDaniel(FRE) 46
R.Narleski(NOB) 41