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The Player of the Month award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league every month of the regular season. The National League started recognizing the award on June 4, 1958. National League president Warren Giles conducted a poll of baseball writers in each Major League city and awarded the winner an engraved desk set. The American League did not follow suit until 1974. The National League created a separate award for pitchers starting in 1975 and the American League did likewise in 1979. Pitchers have not been eligible since then.

Players listed with multiple occurrences are denoted in parentheses:

YearMonthNational LeagueAmerican League
Player(s)Team(s)Player(s)Team(s)
1958 MayWillie Mays
Stan Musial
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
 
JuneFrank ThomasPittsburgh Pirates
JulyJoey JayMilwaukee Braves
AugustLew BurdetteMilwaukee Braves
SeptemberWillie Mays (2)San Francisco Giants
1959 MayHank Aaron
Harvey Haddix
Milwaukee Braves
Pittsburgh Pirates
JuneRoy FacePittsburgh Pirates
JulyDon DrysdaleLos Angeles Dodgers
AugustVern Law
Willie McCovey
Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants
SeptemberEddie MathewsMilwaukee Braves
1960 MayRoberto ClementePittsburgh Pirates
JuneLindy McDanielSt. Louis Cardinals
JulyDon Drysdale (2)Los Angeles Dodgers
AugustWarren SpahnMilwaukee Braves
SeptemberKen BoyerSt. Louis Cardinals
1961 MayJoey Jay (2)Cincinnati Reds
JuneGeorge AltmanChicago Cubs
JulyFrank RobinsonCincinnati Reds
AugustWarren Spahn (2)Milwaukee Braves
SeptemberJim O'TooleCincinnati Reds
1962 MayBob PurkeyCincinnati Reds
JuneSandy KoufaxLos Angeles Dodgers
JulyFrank HowardLos Angeles Dodgers
AugustJack SanfordSan Francisco Giants
1963 MayDick EllsworthChicago Cubs
JuneRon SantoChicago Cubs
JulyWillie McCovey (2)San Francisco Giants
AugustWillie Mays (3)San Francisco Giants
1964 MayBilly WilliamsChicago Cubs
JuneJim BunningPhiladelphia Phillies
JulyRon Santo (2)Chicago Cubs
AugustFrank Robinson (2)Cincinnati Reds
SeptemberBob GibsonSt. Louis Cardinals
1965 MayJoe TorreMilwaukee Braves
JuneVern Law (2)
Willie Stargell
Pittsburgh Pirates
JulyPete RoseCincinnati Reds
AugustWillie Mays (4)San Francisco Giants
1966 MayJuan MarichalSan Francisco Giants
JuneGaylord PerrySan Francisco Giants
JulyMike ShannonSt. Louis Cardinals
AugustPete Rose (2)Cincinnati Reds
1967 MayRoberto Clemente (2)Pittsburgh Pirates
JuneHank Aaron (2)Atlanta Braves
JulyJim Ray HartSan Francisco Giants
AugustOrlando CepedaSt. Louis Cardinals
1968 MayDon Drysdale (3)Los Angeles Dodgers
JuneBob Gibson (2)St. Louis Cardinals
JulyBob Gibson (3)St. Louis Cardinals
AugustPete Rose (3)Cincinnati Reds
SeptemberSteve BlassPittsburgh Pirates
1969 AprilWillie McCovey (3)San Francisco Giants
MayKen HoltzmanChicago Cubs
JuneRon Santo (3)Chicago Cubs
JulyRoberto Clemente (3)Pittsburgh Pirates
AugustWillie DavisLos Angeles Dodgers
1970 MayRico CartyAtlanta Braves
JuneTommie AgeeNew York Mets
JulyBill SingerLos Angeles Dodgers
AugustBob Gibson (4)St. Louis Cardinals
1971 AprilWillie Stargell (2)Pittsburgh Pirates
MayLou BrockSt. Louis Cardinals
JuneWillie Stargell (3)Pittsburgh Pirates
JulyFerguson JenkinsChicago Cubs
AugustJoe Torre (2)St. Louis Cardinals
1972 AprilDon SuttonLos Angeles Dodgers
MayBob WatsonHouston Astros
JuneCésar CedeñoHouston Astros
JulyBilly Williams (2)Chicago Cubs
AugustKen HendersonSan Francisco Giants
1973 AprilJerry KoosmanNew York Mets
MayWillie CrawfordLos Angeles Dodgers
JuneGreg LuzinskiPhiladelphia Phillies
JulyPete Rose (4)Cincinnati Reds
AugustDavey JohnsonAtlanta Braves
1974 AprilTommy JohnLos Angeles DodgersGraig NettlesNew York Yankees
MayRalph GarrAtlanta BravesRod CarewMinnesota Twins
JuneBuzz CapraAtlanta BravesGaylord Perry (2)Cleveland Indians
JulyDon GullettCincinnati RedsDoc MedichNew York Yankees
AugustLou Brock (2)St. Louis CardinalsNolan RyanCalifornia Angels
September Al KalineDetroit Tigers
1975 AprilJoe MorganCincinnati RedsRobin YountMilwaukee Brewers
MayBob Watson (2)Houston AstrosJim HughesMinnesota Twins
JuneJoe Morgan (2)Cincinnati RedsFred LynnBoston Red Sox
JulyDave KingmanNew York MetsJohn MayberryKansas City Royals
AugustTony PérezCincinnati RedsJim PalmerBaltimore Orioles
SeptemberAndre ThorntonChicago CubsGene TenaceOakland Athletics
1976 AprilMike SchmidtPhiladelphia PhilliesWillie HortonDetroit Tigers
MayGeorge FosterCincinnati RedsRon LeFloreDetroit Tigers
JuneAl OliverPittsburgh PiratesMark FidrychDetroit Tigers
JulyGeorge Foster (2)Cincinnati RedsReggie JacksonBaltimore Orioles
AugustJoe Morgan (3)Cincinnati RedsLuis TiantBoston Red Sox
SeptemberSteve GarveyLos Angeles DodgersNolan Ryan (2)
Frank Tanana
California Angels
1977 AprilRon CeyLos Angeles DodgersOtto VélezToronto Blue Jays
MayKen ReitzSt. Louis CardinalsFrank Tanana (2)California Angels
JuneGeorge Foster (3)Cincinnati RedsRod Carew (2)Minnesota Twins
JulyGreg Luzinski (2)Philadelphia PhilliesJim RiceBoston Red Sox
AugustGeorge Foster (4)Cincinnati RedsGraig Nettles (2)New York Yankees
SeptemberCésar Cedeño (2)Houston AstrosRod Carew (3)Minnesota Twins
1978 AprilRick MondayLos Angeles DodgersFrank Tanana (3)California Angels
MayJack ClarkSan Francisco GiantsJim Rice (2)Boston Red Sox
JuneDave WinfieldSan Diego PadresRon GuidryNew York Yankees
JulyPete Rose (5)Cincinnati RedsDoug DeCincesBaltimore Orioles
AugustDave ParkerPittsburgh PiratesJim Rice (3)Boston Red Sox
SeptemberDave Parker (2)Pittsburgh PiratesRon Guidry (2)New York Yankees
1979 AprilGeorge Foster (5)Cincinnati RedsCecil CooperMilwaukee Brewers
MayLou Brock (3)St. Louis CardinalsDon BaylorCalifornia Angels
JuneGeorge Foster (6)Cincinnati RedsDan MeyerSeattle Mariners
JulyMike Schmidt (2)Philadelphia PhilliesDon Baylor (2)California Angels
AugustKeith HernandezSt. Louis CardinalsFred Lynn (2)Boston Red Sox
SeptemberPete Rose (6)Philadelphia PhilliesAlfredo GriffinToronto Blue Jays
1980 AprilDave Kingman (2)Chicago CubsLamar JohnsonChicago White Sox
MayMike Schmidt (3)Philadelphia PhilliesBen OglivieMilwaukee Brewers
JuneDusty BakerLos Angeles DodgersRod Carew (4)California Angels
JulyBob HornerAtlanta BravesGeorge Brett
Reggie Jackson (2)
Kansas City Royals
New York Yankees
AugustDale MurphyAtlanta BravesCecil Cooper (2)Milwaukee Brewers
SeptemberGary CarterMontreal ExposEddie Murray
Jim Rice (4)
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
1981 AprilDave ConcepciónCincinnati RedsKen SingletonBaltimore Orioles
MayArt HoweHouston AstrosDwight EvansBoston Red Sox
June1981 Major League Baseball strike
July
AugustMike Schmidt (4)Philadelphia PhilliesCecil Cooper (3)Milwaukee Brewers
SeptemberGary MatthewsPhiladelphia PhilliesEddie Murray (2)
Willie Wilson
Baltimore Orioles
Kansas City Royals
1982 AprilDale Murphy (2)Atlanta BravesEddie Murray (3)Baltimore Orioles
MayTim WallachMontreal ExposHal McRaeKansas City Royals
JuneAl Oliver (2)Montreal ExposGeorge Brett (2)Kansas City Royals
JulyMike Schmidt (5)Philadelphia PhilliesRobin Yount (2)Milwaukee Brewers
AugustBill BucknerChicago CubsDoug DeCinces (2)California Angels
SeptemberClaudell WashingtonAtlanta BravesDave Winfield (2)New York Yankees
1983 AprilTerry KennedySan Diego PadresGeorge Brett (3)Kansas City Royals
MayDarrell EvansSan Francisco GiantsRod Carew (5)California Angels
JuneAndre DawsonMontreal ExposLou WhitakerDetroit Tigers
JulyDusty Baker (2)Los Angeles DodgersCecil Cooper (4)Milwaukee Brewers
AugustMel HallChicago CubsLloyd MosebyToronto Blue Jays
SeptemberDale Murphy (3)Atlanta BravesCal Ripken, Jr.Baltimore Orioles
1984 AprilTony GwynnSan Diego PadresAlan TrammellDetroit Tigers
MayLeon DurhamChicago CubsEddie Murray (4)Baltimore Orioles
JuneRyne SandbergChicago CubsTony ArmasBoston Red Sox
JulyJosé CruzHouston AstrosKent HrbekMinnesota Twins
AugustKeith MorelandChicago CubsGary WardTexas Rangers
SeptemberDale Murphy (4)Atlanta BravesGreg WalkerChicago White Sox
1985 AprilDale Murphy (5)Atlanta BravesMike DavisOakland Athletics
MayDave Parker (3)Cincinnati RedsGeorge Brett (4)Kansas City Royals
JunePedro GuerreroLos Angeles DodgersRickey HendersonNew York Yankees
JulyKeith Hernandez (2)New York MetsGeorge Brett (5)Kansas City Royals
AugustWillie McGeeSt. Louis CardinalsDon MattinglyNew York Yankees
SeptemberGary Carter (2)New York MetsDon Mattingly (2)New York Yankees
1986 AprilJohnny RayPittsburgh PiratesKirby PuckettMinnesota Twins
MayHubie BrooksMontreal ExposWade BoggsBoston Red Sox
JuneKevin BassHouston AstrosKent Hrbek (2)Minnesota Twins
JulyEric DavisCincinnati RedsScott FletcherTexas Rangers
AugustDale Murphy (6)Atlanta BravesDoug DeCinces (3)California Angels
SeptemberSteve SaxLos Angeles DodgersDon Mattingly (3)New York Yankees
1987 AprilEric Davis (2)Cincinnati RedsBrian DowningCalifornia Angels
MayEric Davis (3)Cincinnati RedsLarry ParrishTexas Rangers
JuneTony Gwynn (2)San Diego PadresWade Boggs (2)Boston Red Sox
JulyBo DiazCincinnati RedsDon Mattingly (4)New York Yankees
AugustAndre Dawson (2)Chicago CubsDwight Evans (2)Boston Red Sox
SeptemberDarryl StrawberryNew York MetsAlan Trammell (2)Detroit Tigers
1988 AprilBobby BonillaPittsburgh PiratesDave Winfield (3)New York Yankees
MayBobby Bonilla (2)Pittsburgh PiratesCarney LansfordOakland Athletics
JuneWill ClarkSan Francisco GiantsMike GreenwellBoston Red Sox
JulyTony Gwynn (3)San Diego PadresChili DavisCalifornia Angels
AugustEric Davis (4)Cincinnati RedsKent Hrbek (3)Minnesota Twins
SeptemberKevin McReynoldsNew York MetsJosé CansecoOakland Athletics
1989 AprilVon HayesPhiladelphia PhilliesFred McGriffToronto Blue Jays
MayWill Clark (2)San Francisco GiantsRon KittleChicago White Sox
JuneHoward JohnsonNew York MetsRubén SierraTexas Rangers
JulyMark GraceChicago CubsRobin Yount (3)Milwaukee Brewers
AugustPedro Guerrero (2)St. Louis CardinalsGeorge Bell
Nick Esasky
Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox
SeptemberWill Clark (3)San Francisco GiantsPaul MolitorMilwaukee Brewers
1990 AprilBobby Bonilla (3)Pittsburgh PiratesKen Griffey, Jr.Seattle Mariners
MayAndre Dawson (3)Chicago CubsJosé Canseco (2)Oakland Athletics
JuneRyne Sandberg (2)Chicago CubsBrook JacobyCleveland Indians
JulyBarry BondsPittsburgh PiratesGeorge Brett (6)Kansas City Royals
AugustDavid JusticeAtlanta BravesCecil FielderDetroit Tigers
SeptemberKal DanielsLos Angeles DodgersKelly GruberToronto Blue Jays
1991 AprilFélix JoséSt. Louis CardinalsDave HendersonOakland Athletics
MayDavid Justice (2)Atlanta BravesRubén Sierra (2)Texas Rangers
JuneBarry LarkinCincinnati RedsJoe CarterToronto Blue Jays
JulyBarry Bonds (2)Pittsburgh PiratesRobin VenturaChicago White Sox
AugustWill Clark (4)San Francisco GiantsFrank ThomasChicago White Sox
SeptemberHoward Johnson (2)New York MetsCal Ripken, Jr. (2)Baltimore Orioles
1992 AprilBarry Bonds (3)Pittsburgh PiratesRoberto AlomarToronto Blue Jays
MayFélix José (2)St. Louis CardinalsKirby Puckett (2)Minnesota Twins
JuneCory SnyderSan Francisco GiantsKirby Puckett (3)Minnesota Twins
JulyBrett ButlerLos Angeles DodgersEdgar MartínezSeattle Mariners
AugustGary SheffieldSan Diego PadresEdgar Martínez (2)Seattle Mariners
SeptemberBarry Bonds (4)Pittsburgh PiratesFrank Thomas (2)Chicago White Sox
1993 AprilBarry Bonds (5)San Francisco GiantsJohn OlerudToronto Blue Jays
MayJeff BagwellHouston AstrosPaul Molitor (2)Toronto Blue Jays
JuneAndrés GalarragaColorado RockiesJohn Olerud (2)Toronto Blue Jays
JulyFred McGriff (2)San Diego PadresRafael PalmeiroTexas Rangers
AugustTony Gwynn (4)San Diego PadresFrank Thomas (3)Chicago White Sox
SeptemberAndrés Galarraga (2)Colorado RockiesChris HoilesBaltimore Orioles
1994 AprilEllis BurksColorado RockiesJoe Carter (2)Toronto Blue Jays
MayLenny Dykstra
Mike Piazza
Philadelphia Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers
Frank Thomas (4)Chicago White Sox
JuneJeff Bagwell (2)Houston AstrosAlbert BelleCleveland Indians
JulyJeff Bagwell (3)Houston AstrosFrank Thomas (5)Chicago White Sox
August1994 Major League Baseball strike
September
1995 April
MayMatt WilliamsSan Francisco GiantsManny RamírezCleveland Indians
JuneJeff ConineFlorida MarlinsEdgar Martínez (3)Seattle Mariners
JulyDante BichetteColorado RockiesGarret AndersonCalifornia Angels
AugustMike Piazza (2)Los Angeles DodgersAlbert Belle (2)Cleveland Indians
SeptemberDante Bichette (2)Colorado RockiesAlbert Belle (3)Cleveland Indians
1996 AprilBarry Bonds (6)San Francisco GiantsFrank Thomas (6)Chicago White Sox
MayJeff Bagwell (4)Houston AstrosMo VaughnBoston Red Sox
JuneDante Bichette (3)Colorado RockiesMark McGwireOakland Athletics
JulySammy SosaChicago CubsJuan GonzálezTexas Rangers
AugustKen CaminitiSan Diego PadresAlex RodriguezSeattle Mariners
SeptemberKen Caminiti (2)San Diego PadresFrank Thomas (7)Chicago White Sox
1997 AprilLarry WalkerColorado RockiesKen Griffey, Jr. (2)Seattle Mariners
MayTony Gwynn (5)San Diego PadresFrank Thomas (8)Chicago White Sox
JuneMike Piazza (3)Los Angeles DodgersJeff KingKansas City Royals
JulyBarry Bonds (7)San Francisco GiantsTim SalmonAnaheim Angels
AugustMike Piazza (4)Los Angeles DodgersBernie WilliamsNew York Yankees
SeptemberMark McGwire (2)St. Louis CardinalsJuan González (2)Texas Rangers
1998 AprilMark McGwire (3)St. Louis CardinalsIván RodríguezTexas Rangers
MayMark McGwire (4)St. Louis CardinalsBernie Williams (2)New York Yankees
JuneSammy Sosa (2)Chicago CubsRafael Palmeiro (2)Baltimore Orioles
JulyVladimir GuerreroMontreal ExposAlbert Belle (4)Chicago White Sox
AugustJeff KentSan Francisco GiantsDerek JeterNew York Yankees
SeptemberMark McGwire (5)St. Louis CardinalsAlbert Belle (5)Chicago White Sox
1999 AprilMatt Williams (2)Arizona DiamondbacksManny Ramírez (2)Cleveland Indians
MaySammy Sosa (3)Chicago CubsNomar GarciaparraBoston Red Sox
JuneJeromy BurnitzMilwaukee BrewersRafael Palmeiro (3)Texas Rangers
JulyMark McGwire (6)St. Louis CardinalsJoe RandaKansas City Royals
AugustVladimir Guerrero (2)Montreal ExposRafael Palmeiro (4)
Iván Rodríguez (2)
Texas Rangers
SeptemberGreg VaughnCincinnati RedsAlbert Belle (6)Baltimore Orioles
2000 AprilVladimir Guerrero (3)Montreal ExposJermaine DyeKansas City Royals
MayTodd HeltonColorado RockiesEdgar Martínez (4)Seattle Mariners
JuneJeff Kent (2)San Francisco GiantsAlbert Belle (7)Baltimore Orioles
JulySammy Sosa (4)Chicago CubsJohnny DamonKansas City Royals
AugustTodd Helton (2)Colorado RockiesGlenallen HillNew York Yankees
SeptemberRichard HidalgoHouston AstrosJason GiambiOakland Athletics
2001 AprilLuis GonzalezArizona DiamondbacksManny Ramírez (3)Boston Red Sox
MayBarry Bonds (8)San Francisco GiantsJason Giambi (2)Oakland Athletics
JuneLuis Gonzalez (2)Arizona DiamondbacksMike SweeneyKansas City Royals
JulyJeff Bagwell (5)Houston AstrosJim ThomeCleveland Indians
AugustSammy Sosa (5)Chicago CubsJermaine Dye (2)Oakland Athletics
SeptemberBarry Bonds (9)San Francisco GiantsEric ChavezOakland Athletics
2002 AprilVladimir Guerrero (4)Montreal ExposTorii HunterMinnesota Twins
MayTodd Helton (3)Colorado RockiesJason Giambi (3)New York Yankees
JuneJeff Kent (3)San Francisco GiantsPaul KonerkoChicago White Sox
JulyLarry Walker (2)Colorado RockiesAlex Rodríguez (2)Texas Rangers
AugustBarry Bonds (10)San Francisco GiantsAlex Rodríguez (3)Texas Rangers
SeptemberBrian JordanLos Angeles DodgersManny Ramírez (4)Boston Red Sox
2003 AprilTodd Helton (4)Colorado RockiesAlfonso SorianoNew York Yankees
MayAlbert PujolsSt. Louis CardinalsEdgar Martínez (5)Seattle Mariners
JuneAlbert Pujols (2)St. Louis CardinalsJason Giambi (4)New York Yankees
JulyBarry Bonds (11)San Francisco GiantsMagglio OrdóñezChicago White Sox
AugustVladimir Guerrero (5)Montreal ExposAlex Rodríguez (4)Texas Rangers
SeptemberJim Thome (2)Philadelphia PhilliesAlfonso Soriano (2)New York Yankees
2004 AprilBarry Bonds (12)San Francisco GiantsCarlos BeltránKansas City Royals
MayLance BerkmanHouston AstrosMelvin MoraBaltimore Orioles
JuneJim Thome (3)Philadelphia PhilliesIván Rodríguez (3)Detroit Tigers
JulyJim EdmondsSt. Louis CardinalsMark TeixeiraTexas Rangers
AugustBarry Bonds (13)San Francisco GiantsIchiro SuzukiSeattle Mariners
SeptemberAdrián BeltréLos Angeles DodgersVladimir Guerrero (6)Anaheim Angels
2005 AprilDerrek LeeChicago CubsBrian RobertsBaltimore Orioles
MayBobby AbreuPhiladelphia PhilliesAlex Rodríguez (5)New York Yankees
JuneAndruw JonesAtlanta BravesTravis HafnerCleveland Indians
JulyAdam DunnCincinnati RedsJason Giambi (5)New York Yankees
AugustAndruw Jones (2)Atlanta BravesAlex Rodríguez (6)New York Yankees
SeptemberRandy WinnSan Francisco GiantsDavid OrtizBoston Red Sox
2006 AprilAlbert Pujols (3)St. Louis CardinalsJason Giambi (6)New York Yankees
MayJason BayPittsburgh PiratesAlex Rodríguez (7)New York Yankees
JuneDavid WrightNew York MetsJoe MauerMinnesota Twins
JulyChase UtleyPhiladelphia PhilliesDavid Ortiz (2)Boston Red Sox
AugustRyan HowardPhiladelphia PhilliesTravis Hafner (2)Cleveland Indians
SeptemberRyan Howard (2)Philadelphia PhilliesRobinson CanóNew York Yankees
2007 AprilJosé ReyesNew York MetsAlex Rodríguez (8)New York Yankees
May Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins
June Alfonso Soriano (3)Chicago CubsAlex Rodriguez (9)New York Yankees
July Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers Hideki Matsui New York Yankees
August Mark Teixeira (2) Atlanta Braves Magglio Ordóñez (2) Detroit Tigers
September Matt Holliday Colorado Rockies David Ortiz (3) Boston Red Sox
2008 April Chase Utley (2)Philadelphia PhilliesJosh HamiltonTexas Rangers
MayLance Berkman (2)Houston AstrosJosh Hamilton (2)Texas Rangers
June Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins J. D. Drew Boston Red Sox
July Ryan Braun (2) Milwaukee Brewers Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
August
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