December 5, 1926: Cincinnati Reds second baseman Hughie Critz finishes second in voting for the 1926 National League Most Valuable Player Award.
During a year where Babe Ruth batted .372 with 47 homers, and 146 rbi with a 1.253 OPS (225 OPS+) in the American League and does not get one single MVP vote, Critz finishes second in the National League with 60 points, 19 points behind the MVP winner, St. Louis catcher Bob O’Farrell. Critz batted .270 with three homers and a .687 OPS; O’Farrell played 147 games as a catcher and hit .293 with an .804 OPS.
With the game in transition, MVP voters often hung on to the defensive and small ball specialists in MVP voting. Ruth only one won MVP award in his 22-year career and only received votes
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