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Reds' Frank Robinson Wins NL MVP Award

Nov. 22, 1961 - Frank Robinson (pictured at his wedding last month), crack outfielder of the Cincinnati Reds, today was named the winner of the National League’s most valuable player award for 1961. Unlike the American League vote, which saw only 4 points separate Roger Maris, the winner, from Mickey Mantle, the runner-up, the Reds’ star, whose slashing bat played a major role in bringing the first pennant in 21 years to Cincinnati, scored an overwhelming victory. The committee of the Baseball Writers Association gave 219 of a possible 224 points to Robinson. Informed of the news at his home in Cincinnati, Robinson exclaimed, “Wow, this is a wonderful wedding present for me.” Robinson married the former Barbara Cole of Los Angeles on Oct. 28.


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