On April 4, 1911, automobile maker Hugh Chalmers introduces the concept of a “Most Valuable Player.” Chalmers announces that he will award a new car to the player in each league who is selected MVP by a vote of baseball writers.

The first winners of the MVP, selected by a vote of one baseball writer representing each franchise in the league, will be Tigers’ outfielder Ty Cobb and Frank Schulte of the Cubs.

 

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