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Sophomore of the Year Award Winners

By Patrick Mondout

The Baseball Writers Association of America awarded a Sophomore of the Year Award from 1953-1962. Players below in bold proved resistant to the "sophomore jinx" by winning the award the year after winning Rookie of the Year honors.

1953 NL Eddie Mathews AL Jimmy Piersall
1954 NL Ruben Gomez AL Harvey Kuenn
1955 NL Ernie Banks AL Al Kaline
1956 NL Ed Bailey AL Herb Score
1957 NL Frank Robinson AL Frank Malzone
1958 NL Harry Anderson AL Dick Hyde
1959 NL Orlando Cepeda AL Bob Shaw
1960 NL Ernie Broglio AL Jim Perry
1961 NL Ron Santo AL Jim Gentile
1962 NL Willie Davis AL Rich Rollins



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Ernie Banks may have lost out to Wally Moon for Rookie of the Year in '54, but he took home Sophomore of the Year over Moon and Hank Aaron in '55.

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