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1959 Awards
 MVP
 After several seasons of near misses, 1959 saw Peoria outfielder Willie Mays win his first AARBL MVP award.  Mays was a terror at the plate, finishing second in the league in batting with a .329 average, seventh in the league in home runs with 31, and fifth in RBIs with 117.  Mays also led the league in doubles with 51, finished fourth in stolen bases with 35, sixth in runs scored with 108, and third in slugging percentage with a .602 mark.  Mays also played stellar defense, winning his third Gold Glove in center field.  All this occurred while leading the Chiefs to a 106 win season, and their fifth World Series appearance. In the voting, Mays received 5 of the 10 first place votes, and won a narrow victory over Babe Ruth Award Winner Ernie Banks of the Oneonta Tigers.
Willie Mays 1959 AARBL MVP
1959 AARBL MVP
Willie Mays
Peoria Chiefs
AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.329
.602
.407
148
571
108
188
51*
6
31
117
72
54
6
2
7
35
6
* Denotes led league

 Cy Young
For the first time in Franchise history, the Peoria Chiefs have a Cy Young award winner in Bud Daley.  After toiling in the Chiefs bullpen for several seasons, prior to the 1959 season, Daley was promoted to the Peoria rotation where he combined with fellow hurlers Vern Law, Harvey Haddix, and Larry Jackson to form one of the best staffs in league history.  Daley was simply masterful on the mound, and his 23 wins and 2.12 E.R.A. were both tops in the league, and helped lead Peoria to another Eastern Division title.  Daley also threw four complete games, had three shutouts, and compiled a .793 winning percentage.  In the Cy Young Award voting, Daley garnered eight first place votes and two seconds, as he easily bested Roger Craig of the Wilmington Hornets, and teammate Vern Law for the award.
1959 Cy Young Award Winner Bud Daley
1959 AARBL Cy Young Award Winner
Bud Daley
Peoria Chiefs
E.R.A.
W
L
PCT.
G
GS
CG
SH
SV
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
2.12*
23*
6
.793
36
35
4
3
0
250.1
214
79
59
14
69
138
* Denotes led league

 Babe Ruth
With one of the greatest offensive seasons in league history, Ernie Banks of the Oneonta Tigers ran away with the league's coveted Babe Ruth award that is awarded each season to the AARBL's best offensive player.  Banks collected all ten of the first place votes, and topped runner up Willie Mays of the Peoria Chiefs by a whopping 29 points.  Although Banks finished second to Mays in the MVP voting, that result was more a comment on Oneonta's 72-82 record as opposed to anything Banks failed to accomplish on the field.  The Tiger shortstop clubbed a league record 61 home runs, compiled a .307 batting average, a whopping .672 slugging percentage, and knocked in a league best 141 runs, while scoring 115 times.  In the voting, league MVP Willie Mays finished a distant second with 21 points.
1959 Babe Ruth Award Winner Ernie Banks
1959 AARBL Babe Ruth Award
Ernie Banks
Oneonta Tigers
AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.307
.672
.367
154
615
115
189
23
9
61*
141*
55
92
7
0
11
3
1
* Denotes led league

 Rolaids Reliever
During the 1959 AARBL season, Ryne Duren of the Peoria Chiefs was the dominant reliever in the league.  Pitching for the first place Peoria Chiefs, Duren put out numerous fires on his way to league record 151 Rolaids Relief points.  Ryne's dominance was evidenced by the fact that he allowed only 41 hits in 72 innings. while striking out 95.  Pitching in pressure situations all season long, Duren notched a league record 53 saves and compiled a  3-1 record with a 2.13 E.R.A.  Don Elston of the Hill Valley Lightning Bolts also had a fine season, but finished a distant second to Duren with 99 Rolaids Relief points.
1959 AARBL Rolaids Reliever Ryne Duren
1959 AARBL Rolaids Relief Man
Ryne Duren
Peoria  Chiefs
E.R.A.
W
L
PCT.
G
GS
CG
SH
SV
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
2.13
3
1
.750
61
0
0
0
53*
72.0
41
18
17
4
42
95
* Denotes led league

 Rookie of the Year
In somewhat of a surprise, the 1959 Rookie of the Year award goes to pitcher Jim Owens of the Kansas City Athletics.  Drafted by the A's in 1958, Owens was never viewed by the organization as a top prospect, but in 1959, he proved all the naysayers wrong as he compile a 19-3 record in 33 starts for the A's, which was good for a league best .864 winning percentage.  Whether or not Owens can avoid a sophomore slump, or continue to thrive remains to be seen, however, the AARBL will not soon forget his impressive rookie campaign.  In the Rookie of the Year voting, Owens received 5 of 10 first place votes, edging out sluggers Willie McCovey of Wilmington, and teammate Harmon Killebrew who finished second and third respectively.
Jim Owens 1959 AARBL Rookie of the Year
1959 AARBL Rookie of the Year
Jim Owens
Kansas City Athletics
E.R.A.
W
L
PCT.
G
GS
CG
SH
SV
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
3.07
19
3
.864*
33
33
5
2
0
228.2
224
88
78
16
63
137
* Denotes led league

 MVP Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Mays
Peoria
5
2
2
33
Banks
Oneonta
3
3
1
25
Mathews
Wilmington
2
2
2
18
Duren
Peoria
0
1
2
5
Jensen
Des/H.V.
0
1
1
4
Stuart
Wilmington
0
1
0
3
Elston
Hill Valley
0
0
1
1
Pinson
Hill Valley
0
0
1
1
 Cy Young Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Daley
Peoria
8
2
0
46
Craig
Wilmington
2
2
1
17
Law
Peoria
0
3
1
10
Duren
Peoria
0
1
3
6
Wilhelm
Hill Valley
0
1
1
4
Spahn
Des Moines
0
1
0
3
Jones
Hill Valley
0
0
2
2
Elston
Hill Valley
0
0
1
1
Pascual
Bayside
0
0
1
1

 Babe Ruth Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Banks
Oneonta
10
0
0
50
Mays
Peoria
0
6
3
21
Mathews
Wilmington
0
3
2
11
Stuart
Wilmington
0
1
2
6
Aaron
Kansas City
0
0
1
1
Runnels
North Bend
0
0
1
1

 R.O.Y. Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Owens
Kansas city
5
5
0
40
McCovey
Wilmington
3
2
5
26
Killebrew
Kansas City
2
3
5
24

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

Strat-O-Matic Report





AWARDS VOTING FOR 1959 AA Retro League                         Date: 10/7/1959

MVP AWARD                               CY YOUNG AWARD
E.Banks(ONT) 382                        R.Duren(PEO) 121
E.Mathews(WIL) 375                      B.Daley(PEO) 93
W.Mays(PEO) 224                         V.Law(PEO) 47
M.Mantle(HLV) 125                       D.Elston(HLV) 18
V.Pinson(HLV) 92                        C.Pascual(BAY) 8

ALL-STAR SELECTIONS BY POSITION
C  S.Lollar(BAY) 1,147,442              Y.Berra(NOB) 1,144,289
1B F.Robinson(NOB) 1,512,649            D.Stuart(WIL) 1,508,300
2B P.Runnels(NOB) 1,470,810             N.Fox(HLV) 1,088,893
3B E.Mathews(WIL) 2,325,182             H.Killebrew(KCA) 1,363,168
SS E.Banks(ONT) 3,649,301               L.Aparicio(HLV) 903,784
LF M.Minoso(PEO) 886,943                W.Moon(KCA) 863,261
CF W.Mays(PEO) 2,182,735                M.Mantle(HLV) 1,651,647
RF H.Aaron(KCA) 1,835,424               R.Colavito(ONT) 1,671,392
Pi R.Duren(PEO) 3,503,329               B.Daley(PEO) 2,645,403
   C.Pascual(BAY) 2,492,173             V.Law(PEO) 2,281,184
   D.Elston(HLV) 2,228,563              S.Jones(HLV) 2,043,547
   R.Craig(WIL) 2,002,006               H.Wilhelm(HLV) 1,820,377
   J.Owens(KCA) 1,803,297               B.Shantz(WIL) 1,788,442
   E.Wynn(***) 1,450,648                P.Ramos(HLV) 1,316,220

GOLD GLOVE SELECTIONS BY POSITION
WINNER                                  RUNNER UP
P  J.Sanford(ONT)                       D.Mossi(ONT) 
C  D.Crandall(HLV)                      S.White(ONT) 
1B V.Power(NOB)                         O.Cepeda(DES) 
2B N.Fox(HLV)                           F.Bolling(KCA) 
3B J.Davenport(CAR)                     E.Mathews(WIL) 
SS L.Aparicio(HLV)                      E.Banks(ONT) 
OF W.Mays(PEO)                          A.Kaline(BAY) 
OF M.Mantle(HLV)                        J.Landis(ONT) 
OF B.Tuttle(WIL)                        J.Jensen(***) 

SILVER SLUGGER SELECTIONS BY POSITION
WINNER                                  RUNNER UP
C  Y.Berra(NOB)                         S.Lollar(BAY) 
1B D.Stuart(WIL)                        F.Robinson(NOB) 
2B P.Runnels(NOB)                       T.Taylor(PEO) 
3B E.Mathews(WIL)                       H.Killebrew(KCA) 
SS E.Banks(ONT)                         L.Aparicio(HLV) 
LF M.Minoso(PEO)                        W.Moon(KCA) 
CF W.Mays(PEO)                          V.Pinson(HLV) 
RF H.Aaron(KCA)                         R.Colavito(ONT) 

ROLAIDS FIREMAN RELIEF AWARD
R.Duren(PEO) 151
D.Elston(HLV) 99
B.Shantz(WIL) 81
G.Staley(KCA) 72
T.Morgan(DES) 50