JAMES “TIP” O’NEILL Award

The 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.

James “Tip” O’Neill Career Began in 1883.

Tip started his Major League Baseball career as a pitcher in 1883.

He won the 1886 World Championship with St. Louis.

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.

Major League Record Holder from Woodstock, ON

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).

Played 1052 games with a career .326 AVG and .851 OPS.

The former US Speaker of the House was named after the Canadian baseball icon.

Award Winner 

Once the season is completed the information on all the players are compiled and a committee discussion takes place to determine the award winner. Winner is announced early December.

2020 Award Winner

Jamie Romak

Romak, who batted .282 with 32 home runs in 139 games for the SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), is a first-time winner of the award.

Romak played a full season in 2020 and hit 32 home runs, had 91 RBIs and finished with a .399 on-base percentage. Those numbers were the best by any Canadian professional player this year.

Most importantly, Jamie is highly respected by his peers and teammates and has been a great ambassador of the game for our country. We’re proud to recognize him with this award.

Previous Award Winners

2020 – Jamie Romak
2019 – Mike Soroka
2018 – James Paxton
2017 – Joey Votto
2016 – Joey Votto
2015 – Joey Votto
2014 – Justin Morneau
2013 – Joey Votto
2012 – Joey Votto
2011 – John Axford
2011 – Joey Votto
2010 – 
Joey Votto
2009 – Jason Bay
2008 – Justin Morneau
2007 – Russell Martin
2006 – Justin Morneau
2005 – Jason Bay
2004 – Jason Bay
2003 – 
Eric Gagné
2002 – Larry Walker
2002 – Eric Gagné
2001 – Larry Walker
2001 – Corey Koskie
2000 – Ryan Dempster
1999 – Jeff Zimmerman
1998 – Larry Walker
1997 – Larry Walker
1996 – Jason Dickson
1995 – Larry Walker
1994 – Larry Walker
1993 – Rob Butler
1992 – Larry Walker
1991 – Daniel Brabant
1990 – Larry Walker
1989 – Steve Wilson
1988 – Kevin Reimer
1987 – Larry Walker
1986 – Rob Ducey
1985 – Dave Shipanoff
1984 – Terry Puhl

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