December 22, 2014 at 11:24 am #556281
List of winners:
1954: Roger Bannister
1955: Johnny Podres
1956: Bobby Morrow
1957: Stan Musial
1958: Rafer Johnson
1959: Ingemar Johansson
1960: Arnold Palmer
1961: Jerry Lucas
1962: Terry Baker
1963: Pete Rozelle
1964: Ken Venturi
1965: Sandy Koufax
1966: Jim Ryun
1967: Carl Yastrzemski
1968: Bill Russell
1969: Tom Seaver
1970: Bobby Orr
1971: Lee Trevino
1972: Billie Jean King & John Wooden
1973: Jackie Stewart
1974: Muhammad Ali
1975: Pete Rose
1976: Chris Evert
1977: Steve Cauthen
1978: Jack Nicklaus
1979: Terry Bradshaw & Willie Stargell
1980: U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
1981: Sugar Ray Leonard
1982: Wayne Gretzky
1983: Mary Decker
1984: Edwin Moses & Mary Lou Retton
1985: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1986: Joe Paterno
1987: Bob Bourne, Judi Brown King, Kipchoge Keino, Dale Murphy, Chip Rives, Patty Sheehan, Rory Sparrow, & Reggie Williams
1988: Orel Hershiser
1989: Greg LeMond
1990: Joe Montana
1991: Michael Jordan
1992: Arthur Ashe
1993: Don Shula
1994: Bonnie Blair & Johann Olav Koss
1995: Cal Ripken, Jr.
1996: Tiger Woods
1997: Dean Smith
1998: Mark McGwire & Sammy Sosa
1999: U.S. Women’s Soccer Team
2000: Tiger Woods
2001: Curt Schilling & Randy Johnson
2002: Lance Armstrong
2003: David Robinson & Tim Duncan
2004: Boston Red Sox
2005: Tom Brady
2006: Dwyane Wade
2007: Brett Favre
2008: Michael Phelps
2009: Derek Jeter
2010: Drew Brees
2011: Mike Krzyzewski & Pat Summitt
2012: LeBron James
2013: Peyton Manning
2014: Madison BumgarnerDecember 22, 2014 at 11:33 am #556283
MadBum decisive choice as SI Sportsman of the Year
Giants lefty 14th to represent MLB with magazine’s prestigious award
December 8, 2014
Bumgarner is 2014 SI Sportsman
By Chris Haft / MLB.com | December 8, 2014
SAN DIEGO — Madison Bumgarner‘s sense of humor seemed intact Monday. More importantly, so did his throwing arm.
During a conference call to herald Bumgarner’s selection as Sports Illustrated magazine’s Sportsman of the Year, the Giants’ ace left-hander said that he was “right on course” for his usual offseason, having resumed his workout routine about a week ago. He plans to begin throwing soon.
Asked if he felt any pain or discomfort after his grueling 270-inning workload in 2014 that included a record 52 2/3 postseason innings, Bumgarner dryly said, “I got a splinter in my finger the other day that was kind of painful, but it was on my right hand, luckily, so it should be fine.”
Remaining cheery has been easy for Bumgarner, the Most Valuable Player of both the National League Championship Series and World Series who also has received Silver Slugger and GIBBY awards. His latest accolade, however, gave him a sense of awe.
Unlike the other honors he has received, Bumgarner beat out top performers from all sports. The Sportsman of the Year award has been given annually since 1954 to the individual(s) or team who, in the magazine’s estimation, best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement.
“It’s extremely humbling,” Bumgarner said. “You hear a lot, ‘It hasn’t sunk in yet.’ I don’t know if this one ever will sink in. It truly is special. Just to be considered for an award like this is an honor in itself, let alone to win it.”
Sports Illustrated managing editor Chris Stone observed that unlike most recent Sportsmen, Bumgarner was not widely known before he strung together his award-winning postseason feats. Stone said Bumgarner wasn’t even mentioned in a meeting to discuss potential candidates for the honor at the end of September.
Then came October.
“The decisiveness with which we reached this decision is about as decisive as I can ever remember the process being,” said Stone, a 22-year employee with the magazine.
Stone noted that though other strong candidates for the award emerged, such as San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, golfer Rory McIlroy and Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, “There really was no other choice” besides Bumgarner. Stone added, “You kind of felt what you were witnessing in October was a once-in-a-lifetime type of thing.”
Bumgarner, 25, became the 14th representative of Major League Baseball (player, duo or team) to receive the honor. The last ballplayer to take home the award, which is symbolized by a ceramic urn decorated by paintings of Greek athletes, was New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in 2009.
Other Major League winners include Dodgers pitchers Johnny Podres (1955), Sandy Koufax (’65) and Orel Hershiser (’88); Hall of Famers Stan Musial (’57), Carl Yastrzemski (’67), Tom Seaver (’69) and Willie Stargell (’79); all-time hits leader Pete Rose (’75); altruistic slugger Dale Murphy (’86); the duos of Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa (’98) and Curt Schilling/Randy Johnson (2001); and the champion Boston Red Sox (’04).
Bumgarner also joined a group of legendary athletes who won the award, including golfers Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, boxing’s Muhammad Ali, hockey’s Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky, professional basketball’s Bill Russell and Michael Jordan, and track and field’s Rafer Johnson. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana (1990) was the first recipient who built his professional reputation in the Bay Area (Russell spent his formative years in Oakland).
Sports Illustrated chose to recognize Bumgarner for his overwhelming excellence that was crowned by his postseason performance. Bumgarner posted a 4-1 October record while striking out 45 and walking six. He yielded just six earned runs in seven postseason appearances while becoming the first pitcher with two wins, a shutout and a save in the World Series since the save rule became official in 1969. He concluded the Giants’ World Series triumph over Kansas City by pitching five shutout innings of relief in Game 7.
Photo: Robert Beck/SportsDecember 22, 2014 at 11:56 am #556284
Great choice. I can’t think of anyone who deserved it more. He also seems so humble in interviews, and like he would just be an all around good teammate to have.
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