Harold Kaese from the Chronology
Nov 27, 1947 -
Setting off a storm of controversy‚ Joe DiMaggio is named American League MVP by a single point over Ted Williams. Williams‚ the Triple Crown winner‚ receives 201 points‚ but is completely left off the ballot of one sportswriter. Williams‚ in his 1959 autobiography‚ accuses Mel Webb of being the villain: the Boston writer and Williams had feuded over the years. But another Boston writer‚ Harold Kaese‚ says that the 71-year-old Webb did not have a vote in 1947‚ and the culprit was a disgruntled midwest writer. A 10th-place vote would have given Williams the needed 2 points. DiMaggio receives 8 first place votes‚ Williams 3‚ Lou Boudreau‚ 1‚ Joe Page 7‚ George McQuinn 3 and Eddie Joost‚ who hit .206 with 110 strikeouts‚ receives 2. Williams is selected The Sporting News Player of the Year.