JAMES “TIP” O’NEILL AWARD

Presented annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals.

WINNERS:
1984 – Terry Puhl – G-132, R-66, HR-9, RBI-55, AVG-.301
1985 – Dave Shipanoff – W-1, ERA-3.22, G-26, IP-36.1, SO-26
1986 – Rob Ducey – G-135, R-85, HR-23, RBI-96, AVG-.324 (AA/A)
1987 – Larry Walker – G-128, R-91, HR-26, RBI-83, AVG-.287 (AA)
1988 – Kevin Reimer – G-145, R-76, HR-22, RBI-78, AVG-.294 (MLB/AA)
1989 – Steve Wilson – W-6, ERA-4.20, G-53, IP-85.2, SO-65
1990 – Larry Walker – G-133, R-59, HR-19, RBI-51, AVG-.241
1991 – Daniel Brabant – World Youth Championship W-3, ERA-0.46
1992 – Larry Walker – G-143, R-85, 23, RBI-93, AVG-.301
1993 – Rob Butler – WS winner – G-73, R-38, HR-1, RBI-16, AVG-.281 (MLB/AAA)
1994 – Larry Walker – G-103, R-76, HR-19, RBI-86, AVG-.322
1995 – Larry Walker – G-131, R-96, HR-36, RBI-101, AVG-.306
1996 – Jason Dickson – W-13, ERA-3.90, G-33, IP-228.1, SO-130 (MLB/AAA/AA)
1997 – Larry Walker – NL MVP – G-153, R-143, HR-49, RBI-130, AVG-.366
1998 – Larry Walker – G-130, R-113, HR-23, RBI-67, AVG-.363
1999 – Jeff Zimmerman – W-9, ERA-2.36, G-65, IP-87.2, SO-67
2000 – Ryan Dempster – W-14, ERA-3.66, G-33, IP-226.1, SO-209
2001 – Corey Koskie – G-153, R-100, HR-26, RBI-103, AVG-.276
2001 – Larry Walker – G-142, R-107, HR-38, RBI-123, AVG-.350
2002 – Eric Gagné – W-4, ERA-1.97, G-77, SV-52, IP-82.1, SO-114
2002 – Larry Walker – G-136, R-95, HR-26, RBI-104, AVG-.338
2003 – Eric Gagné-NL Cy Young -W-2, ERA-1.20, G-77, SV-55, IP-82.1, SO-137
2004 – Jason Bay – NL ROY – G-120, R-61, HR-26, RBI-82, AVG-.282
2005 – Jason Bay – G-162, R-110, HR-32, RBI-101, AVG .306
2006 – Justin Morneau – AL MVP – G-157, R-97, HR-34, RBI-130, AVG-.321
2007 – Russell Martin – All-Star, SS, GG – G-151, R-87, HR-19, RBI-87, AVG-.293
2008 – Justin Morneau – G-163, R-97, HR-23, RBI-129, AVG-.300
2009- Jason Bay – G-151, R-103, HR-36, RBI-119, AVG-.267
2010 – Joey Votto – NL MVP – G-150, R-106, HR-37, RBI-113, AVG-.324
2011 – Joey Votto – G-161, R-103, HR-29, RBI-101, AVG-.309
2011 – John Axford – W-2, ERA-1.95, G-74, SV-46, IP-73.2, SO-86
2012 – Joey Votto – G-111, D-44, BB-94, OBP-.474 , SLG-.567 , AVG-.337
2013 – Joey Votto – G-162, R-101, H-177, HR-24, RBI-73, OBP-.435, SLG-.491, AVG-.305
2014 – Justin Morneau – G-135, R-62, H-160, HR-17, RBI-82, OBP-.364, SLG-.496, AVG-.319
2015 – Joey Votto – G-158, R-95, H-171, HR-29, RBI-80, OBP-.459, SLG-.541, AVG-.314. Read press release HERE.
2016 – Joey Votto – G-158, R-101, H-181, HR-29, RBI-97, OBP-.434, SLG-.550, AVG-.326. Read press release HERE.

Note: James “Tip” O’Neill was one of Major League baseball’s first legitimate stars. With the St. Louis Browns in 1887, O’Neill batted .492, SLG-.691, Hits-225, Doubles-52, Triples-19, Homeruns-14, Total Bases-357, Runs-167 (4th all-time for a single season), RBI-123. The outfielder from Woodstock, Ontario set major league records in hits, doubles, slugging percentage, and total bases that season while compiling an astounding .492 batting average (walks were included as hits in 1887, but if his average was calculated by today’s standard, it was .435, the second highest in major league history to Hugh Duffy, .440). The former US Speaker of the House was named after the Canadian baseball icon.

JACK GRANEY AWARD
(Lifetime Media Achievement Award)

WINNERS:
2016 – Larry Millson – Globe and Mail writer. Read press release HERE.
2015 – Serge Touchette – Montreal Expos writer. Read press release HERE.
2014 – Richard Griffin – Toronto Star.
2013 – Rodger Brulotte – Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays
2012 – Jerry Howarth – Toronto Blue Jays
2011 – W.P. Kinsella “Shoeless Joe” novel adapted to film “Field of Dreams”.
2010 – Bob Elliott – Toronto Sun & www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com
2009 – Ian MacDonald – Montreal Gazette
2005 – Len Bramson – TBS Sports
2004 – Jacques Doucet – Monteal Expos
2003 – Allan Simpson – Baseball America
2002 – Ernie Harwell – Detroit Tigers
2001 – Tom Cheek – Toronto Blue Jays
1996 – Dave Van Horne – Montreal Expos
1991 – Joe Chrysdale & Hal Kelly – CKEY
1990 – Austin Dink Carroll – Montreal Gazette
1988 – Milt Dunnell – Toronto Star
1987 – Neil MacCarl – Toronto Star

If you feel that someone is eligible for the Jack Graney Award for their lifetime in Baseball media please email the HALL OF FAME with details as to why they should win this award.

Jack Graney’s road to the big leagues began in St. Thomas, Ontario, where he was born and recommended to the Chicago Cubs by fellow Canadian Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Bob Emslie. After a season in the Cubs organization, Graney was sold to the Cleveland, where he would evolve into a steady, dependable outfielder. His big league resume boasts a number of firsts. When Graney walked to the plate in a game against the Red Sox on July 11, 1914, he became the first batter to face Babe Ruth. Almost two years later, on June 26, 1916, he would be the first major leaguer to bat wearing a number on his uniform. A scrappy leadoff hitter, Graney would lead the American League in walks twice (1917 and 1919) and in doubles once (1916). The speedy Canuck also finished in the top 10 in triples in 1913 and 1916, with 12 and 14 three-baggers respectively. He was also a member of the World Series-winning Indians squad in 1920. Following his playing career, Graney became the first ex-player to make the transition to the broadcast booth, performing radio play-by-play for the Indians from 1932 to 1953.