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Monday, October 8, 2001
Updated: October 17, 4:30 PM ET
Gehrig's awesome year worthy of AL MVP

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 11, 1927

Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs this season but didn't win the American League MVP. That's because he's ineligible, having won the award in 1923, and the junior circuit doesn't permit players to win it more than once.

Three days after the New York Yankees completed their World Series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates, it's announced today that the MVP goes to the player who hits behind Ruth in the Yankees' lineup. Lou Gehrig wins the coveted honor with an awesome season: 47 home runs (only Ruth has ever hit more), .373 batting average (third best in the league), 218 hits (second) and a major-league-leading 175 runs batted in (11 more than Ruth), 447 total bases (30 more than the Babe) and 52 doubles.