Sportsman of the Year

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Note: From 1968 to 2008, a different Sportsman of the Year award was presented by Sporting News magazine.

Since its inception in 1954, Sports Illustrated magazine has annually presented the "Sportsman 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, it being renamed as "Sportswoman" or "Sportswomen," such as 1999 when the U.S. Women's Soccer Team was named Sportswomen of the Year.


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

1954United Kingdom Roger BannisterTrack and fieldFirst sub-four-minute mile
1955United States Johnny PodresBaseballWorld Series MVP
1956United States Bobby MorrowTrack and fieldTriple Olympic gold medalist
1957United States Stan MusialBaseballNational League batting champion
1958United States Rafer JohnsonTrack and fieldDecathlon world record
1959Sweden Ingemar JohanssonBoxingWorld heavyweight champion
1960United States Arnold PalmerGolfPGA Player of the Year
1961United States Jerry LucasCollege basketballFinal Four MVP
1962United States Terry BakerCollege footballHeisman Trophy winner
1963United States Pete RozelleProfessional footballNFL expansion, suspension of Paul Hornung and Alex Karras for gambling
1964United States Ken VenturiGolfU.S. Open Champion
1965United States Sandy KoufaxBaseballCy Young Award, Strikeout record
1966United States Jim RyunTrack and fieldMile world record
1967United States Carl YastrzemskiBaseballTriple Crown winner
1968United States Bill RussellProfessional basketballNBA champion player-coach
1969United States Tom SeaverBaseballCy Young Award, World Series champion
1970Canada Bobby OrrHockeyNHL MVP, Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Norris
1971United States Lee TrevinoGolfPGA Player of the Year
1972United States Billie Jean KingTennisThree major titles
United States John WoodenCollege basketballNCAA champion coach
1973United Kingdom Jackie StewartAuto racingFormula One World Champion
1974United States Muhammad AliBoxingWorld heavyweight champion
1975United States Pete RoseBaseballWorld Series MVP
1976United States Chris EvertTennisTwo major titles
1977United States Steve CauthenHorse racingEclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey
1978United States Jack NicklausGolfBritish Open champion
1979United States Terry BradshawProfessional footballSuper Bowl MVP
United States Willie StargellBaseballWorld Series MVP
1980United States U.S. Olympic Hockey TeamHockeyOlympic gold medalists
1981United States Sugar Ray LeonardBoxingWorld welterweight champion
1982Canada Wayne GretzkyHockeyNHL MVP, Art Ross
1983United States Mary DeckerTrack and fieldDouble world champion
1984United States Edwin MosesTrack and fieldOlympic gold medalist
United States Mary Lou RettonGymnasticsOlympic gold medalist
1985United States Kareem Abdul-JabbarProfessional basketballPlayoff MVP
1986United States Joe PaternoCollege footballNCAA champion coach
1987"Athletes Who Care"
Canada Bob BourneHockeyHelped handicapped children's school
United States Judi Brown KingTrack and fieldHelped abused children
Kenya Kip KeinoTrack and fieldCared for orphaned children
United States Dale MurphyBaseballCharity spokesman
United States Chip RivesCollege footballHelped needy children
United States Patty SheehanGolfHelped abused girls
United States Rory SparrowProfessional basketballHelped school children
United States Reggie WilliamsProfessional footballHelped high school students
1988United States Orel HershiserBaseballCy Young Award, World Series MVP
1989United States Greg LeMondCyclingTour de France and World champion
1990United States Joe MontanaProfessional footballThree-time Super Bowl MVP
1991United States Michael JordanProfessional basketballNBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, NBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist
1992United States Arthur AsheTennisSupported humanitarian causes
1993United States Don ShulaProfessional footballWinningest NFL coach
1994United States Bonnie BlairSpeed skatingDouble Olympic gold medalist
Norway Johann Olav KossSpeed skatingTriple Olympic gold medalist
1995United States Cal Ripken, Jr.BaseballConsecutive games record
1996United States Tiger WoodsGolfU.S. Amateur, NCAA champion
1997United States Dean SmithCollege basketballWinningest college coach at the time of publication
1998United States Mark McGwireBaseballSingle-season home run record holder at the time of publication
Dominican Republic Sammy SosaBaseballNational League MVP
1999United States U.S. Women's Soccer TeamSoccerWorld Cup champions
2000United States Tiger WoodsGolfThree major championships, sportsman of the year winner
2001United States Curt SchillingBaseballWorld Series Co-MVP
United States Randy JohnsonBaseballWorld Series Co-MVP, Cy Young Award
2002United States Lance ArmstrongCyclingFour-time Tour de France winner (wins later disqualified in 2012)
2003United States David RobinsonProfessional basketballTwo-time NBA champion
United States Tim DuncanProfessional basketballNBA MVP, NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP
2004United States Boston Red SoxProfessional baseball team2004 World Series champions
2005United States Tom BradyProfessional footballTwo-time Super Bowl MVP, Three-time Super Bowl champion
2006United States Dwyane WadeProfessional basketballNBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP
2007United States Brett FavreProfessional football"for his perseverance and his passion"
2008United States Michael PhelpsSwimmingEight Gold Medals in 2008 Summer Olympics
2009United States Derek JeterBaseballFive-time World Series Champion
2010United States Drew BreesProfessional footballSuper Bowl MVP and charitable work toward the reconstruction of New Orleans
2011United States Mike KrzyzewskiCollege basketball coachMost wins in NCAA men's Division I history
United States Pat SummittCollege basketball coachAll-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball
2012United States LeBron JamesProfessional basketballNBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, NBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist
2013United States Peyton ManningProfessional footballFour-Time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, Single Season Touchdown Record, AFC Champion, 2007 Super Bowl Champion

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