Sports Illustrated 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:

1954Bannister, RogerRoger Bannister Great BritainTrack and fieldFirst sub-four-minute mile
1955Podres, JohnnyJohnny Podres United StatesBaseballWorld Series MVP
1956Morrow, BobbyBobby Morrow United StatesTrack and fieldTriple Olympic gold medalist
1957Musial, StanStan Musial United StatesBaseballNational League batting champion
1958Johnson, RaferRafer Johnson United StatesTrack and fieldDecathlon world record
1959Johansson, IngemarIngemar Johansson SwedenBoxingWorld heavyweight champion
1960Palmer, ArnoldArnold Palmer United StatesGolfPGA Player of the Year
1961Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas United StatesCollege basketballFinal Four MVP
1962Baker, TerryTerry Baker United StatesCollege footballHeisman Trophy winner
1963Rozelle, PetePete Rozelle United StatesProfessional footballNFL expansion, suspension of Paul Hornung and Alex Karras for gambling
1964Venturi, KenKen Venturi United StatesGolfU.S. Open Champion
1965Koufax, SandySandy Koufax United StatesBaseballCy Young Award, Strikeout record
1966Ryun, JimJim Ryun United StatesTrack and fieldMile world record
1967Yastrzemski, CarlCarl Yastrzemski United StatesBaseballTriple Crown winner, AL MVP
1968Russell, BillBill Russell United StatesProfessional basketballNBA champion player-coach
1969Seaver, TomTom Seaver United StatesBaseballCy Young Award, World Series champion
1970Orr, BobbyBobby Orr CanadaHockeyNHL MVP, Art Ross, Conn Smythe, Norris
1971Trevino, LeeLee Trevino United StatesGolfPGA Player of the Year
1972King, Billie JeanBillie Jean King United StatesTennisThree major titles
Wooden, JohnJohn Wooden United StatesCollege basketballNCAA champion coach
1973Stewart, JackieJackie Stewart Great BritainAuto racingFormula One World Champion
1974Ali, MuhammadMuhammad Ali United StatesBoxingWorld heavyweight champion
1975Rose, PetePete Rose United StatesBaseballWorld Series MVP
1976Evert, ChrisChris Evert United StatesTennisTwo major titles
1977Cauthen, SteveSteve Cauthen United StatesHorse racingEclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey
1978Nicklaus, JackJack Nicklaus United StatesGolfBritish Open champion
1979Bradshaw, TerryTerry Bradshaw United StatesProfessional footballSuper Bowl MVP
Stargell, WillieWillie Stargell United StatesBaseballNL MVP, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
1980U.S. Olympic Hockey Team United StatesHockeyOlympic gold medalists
1981Leonard, Sugar RaySugar Ray Leonard United StatesBoxingWorld welterweight champion
1982Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky CanadaHockeyNHL MVP, Art Ross
1983Decker, MaryMary Decker United StatesTrack and fieldDouble world champion
1984Moses, EdwinEdwin Moses United StatesTrack and fieldOlympic gold medalist
Retton, Mary LouMary Lou Retton United StatesGymnasticsOlympic gold medalist
1985Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar United StatesProfessional basketballPlayoff MVP
1986Paterno, JoeJoe Paterno United StatesCollege footballNCAA champion coach
1987Bourne, BobBob Bourne CanadaHockeyHelped handicapped children's school
King, Judi BrownJudi Brown King United StatesTrack and fieldHelped abused children
Keino, KipchogeKipchoge Keino KenyaTrack and fieldCared for orphaned children
Murphy, DaleDale Murphy United StatesBaseballCharity spokesman
Rives, ChipChip Rives United StatesCollege footballHelped needy children
Sheehan, PattyPatty Sheehan United StatesGolfHelped abused girls
Sparrow, RoryRory Sparrow United StatesProfessional basketballHelped school children
Williams, ReggieReggie Williams United StatesProfessional footballHelped high school students
1988Hershiser, OrelOrel Hershiser United StatesBaseballCy Young Award, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
1989LeMond, GregGreg LeMond United StatesCyclingTour de France and World champion
1990Montana, JoeJoe Montana United StatesProfessional footballThree-time Super Bowl MVP
1991Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan United StatesProfessional basketballNBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, NBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist
1992Ashe, ArthurArthur Ashe United StatesTennisSupported humanitarian causes
1993Shula, DonDon Shula United StatesProfessional footballWinningest NFL coach
1994Blair, BonnieBonnie Blair United StatesSpeed skatingDouble Olympic gold medalist
Koss, Johann OlavJohann Olav Koss NorwaySpeed skatingTriple Olympic gold medalist
1995Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr. United StatesBaseballConsecutive games record
1996Woods, TigerTiger Woods United StatesGolfU.S. Amateur, NCAA champion
1997Smith, DeanDean Smith United StatesCollege basketballWinningest college coach at the time of publication
1998McGwire, MarkMark McGwire United StatesBaseballSingle-season home run record holder at the time of publication
Sosa, SammySammy Sosa Dominican RepublicBaseballNational League MVP
1999U.S. Women's Soccer Team United StatesSoccerWorld Cup champions
2000Woods, TigerTiger Woods United StatesGolfThree major championships
2001Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling United StatesBaseballWorld Series Co-MVP
Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson United StatesBaseballWorld Series Co-MVP, Cy Young Award
2002Armstrong, LanceLance Armstrong United StatesCyclingFour-time Tour de France winner (wins later disqualified in 2012)
2003Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson United StatesProfessional basketballTwo-time NBA champion
Duncan, TimTim Duncan United StatesProfessional basketballNBA MVP, NBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP
2004Boston Red Sox United StatesProfessional baseball team2004 World Series champions
2005Brady, TomTom Brady United StatesProfessional footballTwo-time Super Bowl MVP, Three-time Super Bowl champion
2006Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade United StatesProfessional basketballNBA Champion, NBA Finals MVP
2007Favre, BrettBrett Favre United StatesProfessional football"for his perseverance and his passion"
2008Phelps, MichaelMichael Phelps United StatesSwimmingEight Gold Medals in 2008 Summer Olympics
2009Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter United StatesBaseballFive-time World Series Champion
2010Brees, DrewDrew Brees United StatesProfessional footballSuper Bowl MVP and charitable work toward the reconstruction of New Orleans
2011Krzyzewski, MikeMike Krzyzewski United StatesCollege basketball coachMost wins in NCAA men's Division I history
Summitt, PatPat Summitt United StatesCollege basketball coachAll-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball
2012James, LeBronLeBron James United StatesProfessional basketballNBA MVP, NBA Finals MVP, NBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist
2013Manning, PeytonPeyton Manning United StatesProfessional footballFive-Time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, Single Season Touchdown Record, AFC Champion, 2007 Super Bowl Champion
2014Bumgarner, MadisonMadison Bumgarner United StatesBaseballThree-time World Series Champion, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP

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