On October 11, 1911 — Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers and Wildfire Schulte of the Chicago Cubs win the newly established Chalmers Awards, which go to the league’s most valuable players. Cobb batted .420 with an American League-leading 127 RBI, while Schulte led the National League with 21 home runs and 107 RBI. Using a point system – 8 for a first-place vote, seven for second, and so on – the eight voting writers give Cobb the maximum 64 points. Winners receive Chalmers automobiles. The new honor, known as the Chalmers Award, is sponsored by Chalmers Automotive, a Detroit based automobile company.



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