Today marks the 38th anniversary of Boston Red Sox centerfielder Fred Lynn winning the 1975 American League Most Valuable Player award.
Lynn became the first player in Major League history to be named league MVP and league Rookie of the Year in the same season. In 1975, Lynn hit .331 with 103 runs scored and 105 RBI. Lynn also had 47 doubles and 20 home runs that season and took home a Gold Glove in the process. Lynn beat out John Mayberry from the Royals and Red Sox teammate Jim Rice for the MVP award and teammate Jim Rice for the Rookie of the Year award. Lynn’s fantastic season helped the Red Sox get all the way to the World Series where they lost to the Cincinnati Reds.