Associated Press Athlete of the Year

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The first Athlete of the Year award in the United States was initiated by the Associated Press (AP) in 1931. At a time when women in sports were not given the same recognition as men, the AP offered a male and a female athlete of the year award to either a professional or amateur athlete. The awards are voted on annually by a panel of AP sports editors from across the United States. A large majority of the winners have been Americans. However, non-Americans are also eligible for the honor, and have won on a few occasions.

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List of award winners

YearMaleFemale
NameSportNameSport
1931 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Pepper Martin Major League Baseball Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Helene Madison Swimming
1932 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Gene Sarazen PGA golf Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Babe Didrikson Track and field
1933 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Carl Hubbell Major League Baseball Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Helen Jacobs Tennis
1934 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Dizzy Dean Major League Baseball Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Virginia Van Wie Golf
1935 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe Louis Boxing Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Helen Wills Moody Tennis
1936 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jesse Owens Track and field Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Helen Stephens Track and field
1937 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Don Budge Tennis Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Katherine Rawls Swimming
1938 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Don BudgeTennis Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Patty Berg Golf
1939 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Nile Kinnick College football Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Alice Marble Tennis
1940 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Tom Harmon College football Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Alice MarbleTennis
1941 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Joe DiMaggio Major League Baseball Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Betty Hicks Newell Golf
1942 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Frank Sinkwich College football Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Gloria Callen Swimming
1943 Flag of Sweden.svg Gunder Hägg Track and field Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Patty Berg Golf
1944 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Byron Nelson PGA golf Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ann Curtis Swimming
1945 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Byron NelsonPGA golf Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Babe Didrikson ZahariasGolf
1946 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Glenn Davis College football Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Babe Didrikson ZahariasGolf
1947 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Johnny Lujack College football Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Babe Didrikson ZahariasGolf
1948 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Lou Boudreau Major League Baseball Flag of the Netherlands.svg Fanny Blankers-Koen Track and field
1949 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Leon Hart College football Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Marlene Bauer Golf
1950 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Jim Konstanty Major League Baseball Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Babe Didrikson Zaharias LPGA golf [1]
1951 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Dick Kazmaier College football Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Maureen Connolly Tennis
1952 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Bob Mathias Track and field Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Maureen ConnollyTennis
1953 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ben Hogan PGA golf Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Maureen ConnollyTennis
1954 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Willie Mays Major League Baseball Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Babe Didrikson ZahariasLPGA golf
1955 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Howard "Hopalong" Cassady College football Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Patty Berg LPGA golf
1956 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Mickey Mantle Major League Baseball Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Pat McCormick Diving
1957 Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Ted Williams Major League Baseball Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Althea Gibson Tennis
1958 Flag of Australia.svg Herb Elliott Track and field Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Althea GibsonTennis
1959 Flag of Sweden.svg Ingemar Johansson Boxing Flag of Brazil.svg Maria Bueno Tennis
1960 Flag of the United States.svg Rafer Johnson Track and field Flag of the United States.svg Wilma Rudolph Track and field
1961 Flag of the United States.svg Roger Maris Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Wilma RudolphTrack and field
1962 Flag of the United States.svg Maury Wills Major League Baseball Flag of Australia.svg Dawn Fraser Swimming
1963 Flag of the United States.svg Sandy Koufax Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Mickey Wright LPGA golf
1964 Flag of the United States.svg Don Schollander Swimming Flag of the United States.svg Mickey WrightLPGA golf
1965 Flag of the United States.svg Sandy KoufaxMajor League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Kathy Whitworth LPGA golf
1966 Flag of the United States.svg Frank Robinson Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Kathy WhitworthLPGA golf
1967 Flag of the United States.svg Carl Yastrzemski Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King Tennis
1968 Flag of the United States.svg Denny McLain Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Peggy Fleming Figure skating
1969 Flag of the United States.svg Tom Seaver Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Debbie Meyer Swimming
1970 Flag of the United States.svg George Blanda National Football League Flag of the Republic of China.svg Chi Cheng Track and field
1971 Flag of the United States.svg Lee Trevino PGA golf Flag of Australia.svg Evonne Goolagong Tennis
1972 Flag of the United States.svg Mark Spitz Swimming Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Olga Korbut Gymnastics
1973 Flag of the United States.svg O.J. Simpson National Football League Flag of the United States.svg Billie Jean King Tennis
1974 Flag of the United States.svg Muhammad Ali Boxing Flag of the United States.svg Chris Evert Tennis
1975 Flag of the United States.svg Fred Lynn Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Chris EvertTennis
1976 Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Jenner Track and field Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg Nadia Comăneci Gymnastics
1977 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Cauthen Horse racing Flag of the United States.svg Chris EvertTennis
1978 Flag of the United States.svg Ron Guidry Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Lopez LPGA golf
1979 Flag of the United States.svg Willie Stargell Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Tracy Austin Tennis
1980 Flag of the United States.svg U.S. Olympic hockey team Ice hockey Flag of the United States.svg Chris Evert LloydTennis
1981 Flag of the United States.svg John McEnroe Tennis Flag of the United States.svg Tracy AustinTennis
1982 Flag of Canada.svg Wayne Gretzky National Hockey League Flag of the United States.svg Mary Tabb Track and field
1983 Flag of the United States.svg Carl Lewis Track and field Flag of the United States.svg Martina Navratilova Tennis
1984 Flag of the United States.svg Carl LewisTrack and field Flag of the United States.svg Mary Lou Retton Gymnastics
1985 Flag of the United States.svg Dwight Gooden Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Nancy LopezLPGA golf
1986 Flag of the United States.svg Larry Bird National Basketball Association Flag of the United States.svg Martina NavratilovaTennis
1987 Flag of Canada.svg Ben Johnson Track and field Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Joyner-Kersee Track and field
1988 Flag of the United States.svg Orel Hershiser Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Florence Griffith Joyner Track and field
1989 Flag of the United States.svg Joe Montana National Football League Flag of Germany.svg Steffi Graf Tennis
1990 Flag of the United States.svg Joe MontanaNational Football League Flag of the United States.svg Beth Daniel LPGA golf
1991 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Jordan National Basketball Association Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Monica Seles [2] Tennis
1992 Flag of the United States.svg Michael JordanNational Basketball Association Flag of Yugoslavia (1992-2003).svg Monica SelesTennis
1993 Flag of the United States.svg Michael JordanNational Basketball Association Flag of the United States.svg Sheryl Swoopes College basketball
1994 Flag of the United States.svg George Foreman Boxing Flag of the United States.svg Bonnie Blair Speed skating
1995 Flag of the United States.svg Cal Ripken, Jr. Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Rebecca Lobo College basketball
1996 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Johnson Track and field Flag of the United States.svg Amy Van Dyken Swimming
1997 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods PGA Tour golf Flag of Switzerland.svg Martina Hingis Tennis
1998 Flag of the United States.svg Mark McGwire Major League Baseball Flag of South Korea.svg Se Ri Pak LPGA golf
1999 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger WoodsPGA Tour golf Flag of the United States.svg U.S. women's soccer team Soccer
2000 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger WoodsPGA Tour golf Flag of the United States.svg Marion Jones Track and field
2001 Flag of the United States.svg Barry Bonds Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Jennifer Capriati Tennis
2002 Flag of the United States.svg Lance Armstrong Cycling Flag of the United States.svg Serena Williams Tennis
2003 Flag of the United States.svg Lance ArmstrongCycling Flag of Sweden.svg Annika Sörenstam LPGA golf
2004 Flag of the United States.svg Lance ArmstrongCycling Flag of Sweden.svg Annika SörenstamLPGA golf
2005 Flag of the United States.svg Lance ArmstrongCycling Flag of Sweden.svg Annika SörenstamLPGA golf
2006 Flag of the United States.svg Tiger WoodsPGA Tour golf Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena Ochoa LPGA golf
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Tom Brady National Football League Flag of Mexico.svg Lorena OchoaLPGA golf
2008 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Phelps Swimming Flag of the United States.svg Candace Parker Women's National Basketball Association
2009 Flag of the United States.svg Jimmie Johnson [3] NASCAR Flag of the United States.svg Serena WilliamsTennis
2010 Flag of the United States.svg Drew Brees National Football League Flag of the United States.svg Lindsey Vonn Skiing
2011 Flag of the United States.svg Aaron Rodgers National Football League Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Soccer
2012 Flag of the United States.svg Michael PhelpsSwimming Flag of the United States.svg Gabby Douglas Gymnastics
2013 Flag of the United States.svg LeBron James National Basketball Association Flag of the United States.svg Serena WilliamsTennis
2014 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Bumgarner [4] Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Mo'ne Davis [5] Little League baseball
2015 Flag of the United States.svg Stephen Curry National Basketball Association Flag of the United States.svg Serena WilliamsTennis
2016 Flag of the United States.svg LeBron JamesNational Basketball Association Flag of the United States.svg Simone Biles Gymnastics
2017 Flag of Venezuela.svg José Altuve [6] Major League Baseball Flag of the United States.svg Katie Ledecky [7] Swimming
2018 Flag of the United States.svg LeBron James National Basketball Association Flag of the United States.svg Serena Williams Tennis

Footnotes

  1. This was the year of the founding of the LPGA.
  2. Became a U.S. citizen in 1994.
  3. "Johnson is AP's top male athlete of '09". Associated Press (ESPN.com). December 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-30.
  4. "Madison Bumgarner gets AP honor". Associated Press (via ESPN.com). December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2015-12-30.
  6. "Astros star Jose Altuve named AP Male Athlete of the Year". ESPN.com . Associated Press. December 27, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  7. Beth Harris (2017-12-26). "Katie Ledecky Swims to AP Female Athlete of the Year Honors". The Washington Post . Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-12-26.

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