Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

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Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the Sportsperson of the Year award to "the athlete or team whose performance that year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement." Both Americans and non-Americans are eligible, though in the past the vast majority of winners have been from the United States. Both men and women have won the award, originally called "Sportsman of the Year" and renamed "Sportswoman of the Year" or "Sportswomen of the Year" when applicable; it is currently known as "Sportsperson of the Year."

<i>Sports Illustrated</i> American sports magazine

Sports Illustrated (SI) is an American sports magazine owned by Meredith Corporation. First published in August 1954, it has over 3 million subscribers and is read by 23 million people each week, including over 18 million men.

Sportsmanship proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect in sports

Sportsmanship is an aspiration or ethos that a sport or activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one's competitors. A "sore loser" refers to one who does not take defeat well, whereas a "good sport" means being a "good winner" as well as being a "good loser".

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Tiger Woods and LeBron James are the only individuals who have received the award more than once. Woods received his first award in 1996 as an amateur golfer, and in 2000 as a professional golfer. [1] James received his first award in 2012 and his second in 2016. [2] They coincidentally have the same birthday, December 30th.

Tiger Woods American golfer

Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer who is one of the most popular athletes of the 21st century. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years. Woods is generally considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time.

LeBron James American basketball player

LeBron Raymone James Sr. is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is often considered the best basketball player in the world and regarded by some as the greatest player of all time. His accomplishments include four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. James has appeared in fifteen NBA All-Star Games and been named NBA All-Star MVP three times. He won the 2008 NBA scoring title, is the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader, and is fifth in all-time career points scored. He has been voted onto the All-NBA First Team twelve times and the All-Defensive First Team five times.

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The trophy is a ceramic replica of an ancient Greek amphora (circa 510 BCE) which depicts nude male Hellenistic athletes engaged in a variety of athletic activities—running, discus, and javelin. It measures 8" in diameter and stands 18.5" high (20.32 x 47 cm). The original amphorae was acquired by Sports Illustrated magazine in 1954 and was donated to the "Sports" collection of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in 1979. [3] Winners of the award are now presented with a copy of the amphora made in silver by Tiffany & Co. [4]

Panathenaic amphora special shape of attic amphoras

Panathenaic amphorae were the amphorae, large ceramic vessels, that contained the olive oil given as prizes in the Panathenaic Games. Some were ten imperial gallons and 60–70 cm (24–28 in) high. This oil came from the sacred grove of Athena at Akademia. The amphorae which held it had the distinctive form of tight handles, narrow neck and feet, and they were decorated with consistent symbols, in a standard form using the black figure technique, and continued to be so, long after the black figure style had fallen out of fashion. Some Panathenaic amphorae depicted Athena Promachos, goddess of war, advancing between columns brandishing a spear and wearing the aegis, and next to her the inscription τον αθενεθεν αθλον "(one) of the prizes from Athens". On the back of the vase was a representation of the event for which it was an award. Sometimes roosters are depicted perched on top of the columns. The significance of the roosters remains a mystery. Later amphorae also had that year's archon's name written on it making finds of those vases archaeologically important.

Hellenistic Greece

In the context of ancient Greek art, architecture, and culture, Hellenistic Greece corresponds to the period between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the annexation of the classical Greek Achaean League heartlands by the Roman Republic. This culminated at the Battle of Corinth in 146 BC, a crushing Roman victory in the Peloponnese that led to the destruction of Corinth and ushered in the period of Roman Greece. Hellenistic Greece's definitive end was with the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, when the future emperor Augustus defeated Greek Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony, the next year taking over Alexandria, the last great center of Hellenistic Greece.

Sport of athletics collection of sports which involve running, jumping, throwing, and walking

Athletics is a collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. The most common types of athletics competitions are track and field, road running, cross country running, and walking race.

Winners

The award's trophy, a ceramic urn depicting great athletes, has been given to the following recipients:

YearWinnerNationalitySportAchievement
1954 Roger Bannister Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Track and field First sub-four-minute mile
1955 Johnny Podres Flag of the United States.svg  United States Baseball World Series MVP
1956 Bobby Morrow Flag of the United States.svg  United States Track and fieldTriple Olympic gold medalist
1957 Stan Musial Flag of the United States.svg  United States Baseball National League batting champion
1958 Rafer Johnson Flag of the United States.svg  United States Track and field Decathlon world record
1959 Ingemar Johansson Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Boxing World heavyweight champion
1960 Arnold Palmer Flag of the United States.svg  United States Golf PGA Player of the Year
1961 Jerry Lucas Flag of the United States.svg  United States College basketball Final Four MVP
1962 Terry Baker Flag of the United States.svg  United States College football Heisman Trophy winner
1963 Pete Rozelle Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional football NFL expansion, suspension of Paul Hornung and Alex Karras for gambling
1964 Ken Venturi Flag of the United States.svg  United States Golf U.S. Open champion
1965 Sandy Koufax Flag of the United States.svg  United States Baseball Cy Young Award, strikeout record
1966 Jim Ryun Flag of the United States.svg  United States Track and fieldMile world record
1967 Carl Yastrzemski Flag of the United States.svg  United States Baseball Triple Crown winner, AL MVP
1968 Bill Russell Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketball NBA champion player-coach
1969 Tom Seaver Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballCy Young Award, World Series champion
1970 Bobby Orr Flag of Canada.svg  Canada Hockey NHL MVP, Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Norris
1971 Lee Trevino Flag of the United States.svg  United States GolfPGA Player of the Year
1972 Billie Jean King Flag of the United States.svg  United States TennisThree major titles
John Wooden Flag of the United States.svg  United States College basketball NCAA champion coach
1973 Jackie Stewart Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Auto racing Formula One World Champion
1974 Muhammad Ali Flag of the United States.svg  United States BoxingWorld heavyweight champion
1975 Pete Rose Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballWorld Series MVP
1976 Chris Evert Flag of the United States.svg  United States TennisTwo major titles
1977 Steve Cauthen Flag of the United States.svg  United States Horse racing Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey
1978 Jack Nicklaus Flag of the United States.svg  United States Golf British Open champion
1979 Terry Bradshaw Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional football Super Bowl MVP
Willie Stargell Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballNL MVP, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team Flag of the United States.svg  United States Hockey Olympic gold medalists
1981 Sugar Ray Leonard Flag of the United States.svg  United States BoxingWorld welterweight champion
1982 Wayne Gretzky Flag of Canada.svg  Canada Hockey NHL MVP, Art Ross
1983 Mary Decker Flag of the United States.svg  United States Track and fieldDouble world champion
1984 Edwin Moses Flag of the United States.svg  United States Track and field Olympic gold medalist
Mary Lou Retton Flag of the United States.svg  United States Gymnastics Olympic gold medalist
1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketball Playoff MVP
1986 Joe Paterno Flag of the United States.svg  United States College footballNCAA champion coach
1987 Bob Bourne Flag of Canada.svg  Canada HockeyHelped handicapped children's school
Judi Brown King Flag of the United States.svg  United States Track and fieldHelped abused children
Kipchoge Keino Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Track and fieldCared for orphaned children
Dale Murphy Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballCharity spokesman
Chip Rives Flag of the United States.svg  United States College footballHelped needy children
Patty Sheehan Flag of the United States.svg  United States GolfHelped abused girls
Rory Sparrow Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketballHelped school children
Reggie Williams Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional footballHelped high school students
1988 Orel Hershiser Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballCy Young Award, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
1989 Greg LeMond Flag of the United States.svg  United States Cycling Tour de France and World champion
1990 Joe Montana Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional footballThree-time Super Bowl MVP
1991 Michael Jordan Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketball NBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, NBA Champion
1992 Arthur Ashe Flag of the United States.svg  United States TennisSupported humanitarian causes
1993 Don Shula Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional footballWinningest NFL coach
1994 Bonnie Blair Flag of the United States.svg  United States Speed skating Double Olympic gold medalist
Johann Olav Koss Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Speed skatingTriple Olympic gold medalist
1995 Cal Ripken, Jr. Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballConsecutive games record
1996 Tiger Woods Flag of the United States.svg  United States Golf U.S. Amateur, NCAA champion
1997 Dean Smith Flag of the United States.svg  United States College basketballWinningest college coach at the time of publication
1998 Mark McGwire Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballSingle-season home run record holder at the time of publication
Sammy Sosa Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic BaseballNational League MVP
1999 U.S. women's soccer team Flag of the United States.svg  United States Soccer World Cup champions
2000 Tiger Woods Flag of the United States.svg  United States GolfThree major championships
2001 Curt Schilling Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballWorld Series Co-MVP
Randy Johnson Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballWorld Series Co-MVP, Cy Young Award
2002 Lance Armstrong Flag of the United States.svg  United States CyclingFour-time Tour de France winner (wins later disqualified in 2012)
2003 David Robinson Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketballTwo-time NBA champion
Tim Duncan Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketballNBA MVP, NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP
2004 Boston Red Sox Flag of the United States.svg  United States Baseball 2004 World Series champions
2005 Tom Brady Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional footballTwo-time Super Bowl MVP, Three-time Super Bowl champion
2006 Dwyane Wade Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketballNBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP
2007 Brett Favre Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional football"For his perseverance and his passion"
2008 Michael Phelps Flag of the United States.svg  United States SwimmingEight gold medals in 2008 Summer Olympics
2009 Derek Jeter Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballFive-time World Series Champion
2010 Drew Brees Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional footballSuper Bowl MVP and charitable work toward the reconstruction of New Orleans
2011 Mike Krzyzewski Flag of the United States.svg  United States College basketball coachMost wins in NCAA men's Division I history
Pat Summitt Flag of the United States.svg  United States College basketball coachAll-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball
2012 LeBron James Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketballNBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, NBA Champion, Olympic gold medalist
2013 Peyton Manning Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional footballFive-Time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, single-season touchdown record, AFC Champion
2014 Madison Bumgarner Flag of the United States.svg  United States BaseballThree-time World Series Champion, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
2015 Serena Williams Flag of the United States.svg  United States TennisThree major titles, oldest player to be ranked number one in women's tennis during the Open Era
2016 LeBron James Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketballNBA Finals MVP, NBA Champion, led Cleveland Cavaliers to first title in franchise history
2017 José Altuve Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela BaseballAmerican League MVP, World Series Champion, Helped lead the Houston Astros to their first-ever title while the City of Houston was recovering from the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
J. J. Watt Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional footballRaised more than $37 million in relief aid for the city of Houston, Texas less than a month after the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
2018 Golden State Warriors Flag of the United States.svg  United States Professional basketball 2018 NBA champions, third title in last four years

See also

Athlete of the Year is an award given by various sports organizations for the athlete whom they have determined to be deserving of such recognition.

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.

ESPY Award

An ESPY Award is an accolade currently presented by the American broadcast television network ABC, and previously ESPN, to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony. The first ESPYs were awarded in 1993. Because of the ceremony's rescheduling prior to the 2002 iteration thereof, awards presented in 2002 were for achievement and performances during the seventeen-plus previous months. As the similarly styled Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award, and Tony, the ESPYs are hosted by a contemporary celebrity; the style, though, is more relaxed, light, and self-referential than that of many other awards shows, with comedic sketches usually included.

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