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List of Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year winners from every year the award has been given out. All Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award are listed along with photos for every Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year winners of all time. Anybody who won the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, so most of the famous Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. You may want to copy this fact-based list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use regularly. The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different items, including Dizzy Dean and O. J. Simpson. (66 items)

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Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Barry Bonds Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Bonds received ...more

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Ben Hogan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Ben Hogan William Ben Hogan was an American professional golfer, generally considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Born within six months of two other acknowledged golf greats ...more

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Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Ben Johnson Ben "Son" Johnson, Jr. was an American stuntman, world champion rodeo cowboy and actor. The son of a rancher, Johnson arrived in Hollywood to deliver a consignment of horses for a ...more

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Bob Mathias is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Bob Mathias Robert Bruce "Bob" Mathias was an American decathlete, two-time Olympic gold medalist, a United States Marine Corps officer, actor and United States Congressman representing the state

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Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Caitlyn Jenner Caitlyn Jenner (born October 28, 1949), formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is an American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete. Jenner was a college football ...more

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Byron Nelson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Byron Nelson John Byron Nelson, Jr. was an American PGA Tour golfer between 1935 and 1946. Nelson and two other well-known golfers of the time, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead, were born within seven months of each ...more

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Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Cal Ripken, Jr. Calvin Edwin "Cal" Ripken, Jr., nicknamed "The Iron Man", is an American former baseball shortstop and third baseman who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball for the ...more

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Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Carl Hubbell Carl Owen Hubbell, nicknamed "The Meal Ticket" and "King Carl", was an American baseball player. He was a member of the New York Giants in the National League from 1928 to ...more

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Carl Lewis Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. ...more

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Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Carl Yastrzemski Carl Michael Yastrzemski is an American former Major League Baseball player. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year baseball career with the ...more

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Denny McLain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Denny McLain Dennis Dale "Denny" McLain is an American former professional baseball player. He played as a pitcher in Major League Baseball for ten seasons, most notably for the Detroit Tigers. In ...more

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Dick Kazmaier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Dick Kazmaier Richard William Kazmaier, Jr. was an American football player for Princeton University from 1949 through 1951 and winner of the 1951 Heisman Trophy.

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Dizzy Dean is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Dizzy Dean Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, also known as Jerome Herman Dean, was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, ...more

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Don Budge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Don Budge John Donald Budge was an American tennis champion who was a World No. 1 player for five years, first as an amateur and then as a professional. He is most famous as the first player, male or ...more

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Don Schollander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Don Schollander Donald Arthur Schollander is an American former competition swimmer, five-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in four events. He won a total of five gold medals and one silver ...more

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Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Dwight Gooden Dwight Eugene "Doc" Gooden, nicknamed "Dr. K", is an American retired professional baseball player. A pitcher, Gooden played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, ...more

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Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Frank Robinson Frank Robinson is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager. He played for five teams from 1956 to 1976, and became the only player to win league MVP honors in both the ...more

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Frank Sinkwich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Frank Sinkwich Frank Francis Sinkwich, Sr. won the 1942 Heisman Trophy as a player for the University of Georgia, making him the first recipient from the Southeastern Conference. In the course of a brief but ...more

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Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Fred Lynn Fredric Michael "Fred" Lynn is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers and San Diego ...more

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Gene Sarazen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Gene Sarazen Gene Sarazen was an American professional golfer, one of the world's top players in the 1920s and 1930s. He is one of five golfers to win all the current major championships in his career, the ...more

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George Blanda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
George Blanda George Frederick Blanda was a American football quarterback and placekicker. Blanda has the distinction of having played 26 seasons of professional football, the most in the sport's history, and ...more

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George Foreman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
George Foreman George Edward Foreman (nicknamed "Big George"[2]) (born January 10, 1949) is a retired American professional boxer, former two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medalist, ...more

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Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Glenn Davis Glenn Earle Davis is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. While a member of the Houston Astros in the late 1980s, he finished three times in the top ten in National League MVP ...more

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Gunder Hägg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Gunder Hägg Gunder Hägg was a Swedish runner and multiple world record breaker of the 1940s. Gunder Hägg set over a dozen middle distance world records at events ranging from 1500 to 5000 meters, ...more

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Herb Elliott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Herb Elliott Herbert James "Herb" Elliott AC MBE is a former Australian athlete, one of the world's greatest middle distance runners. In August 1958 he set the world record in the mile run, ...more

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Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Howard Cassady Howard Albert "Hopalong" Cassady is a former college and professional American football running back. He was the Heisman Trophy winner of 1955 and was inducted into the College ...more

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Ingemar Johansson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Ingemar Johansson Jens Ingemar Johansson was a Swedish boxer and former heavyweight champion of the world. Johansson was the fifth heavyweight champion born outside the United States. In 1959 he defeated Floyd ...more

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Jesse Owens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Jesse Owens James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his ...more

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Jim Konstanty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Jim Konstanty Casimir James "Jim" Konstanty was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball and National League Most Valuable Player of 1950. He played for the Cincinnati Reds, Boston ...more

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Jimmie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Kenneth Johnson is an American stock car racing driver and a six-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He drives the No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools-sponsored Chevrolet SS for ...more

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Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Joe DiMaggio Joseph Paul "Joe" DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American Major League Baseball center fielder who ...more

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Joe Louis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Joe Louis Joseph Louis Barrow, better known as Joe Louis, was an American professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights ...more

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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Joe Montana Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired professional American football player, a hall of fame quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers ...more

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
John McEnroe John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States often rated among the greatest tennis players of all time, especially for his touch on the ...more

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Johnny Lujack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Johnny Lujack John Christopher Lujack, Jr. is a former American football quarterback and 1947 Heisman Trophy winner. He played college football for the University of Notre Dame, and professionally for the ...more

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Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Lance Armstrong Lance Edward Armstrong is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He previously held seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005, but was stripped of his titles in ...more

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Larry Bird Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Since retiring as a player, he has been a mainstay ...more

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Lee Trevino is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Lee Trevino Lee Buck Trevino is a retired American professional golfer who won six major championships over the course of his career. He is one of only four players to twice win the U.S. Open, The Open ...more

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Leon Hart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Leon Hart Leon Joseph Hart was an American football end. He won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award while at the University of Notre Dame in 1949 and played in the National Football League for eight ...more

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Lou Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Lou Boudreau Louis "Lou" Boudreau was an American Major League Baseball player and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970. He was also a radio announcer for the Chicago Cubs ...more

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Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Mark McGwire Mark David McGwire, nicknamed "Big Mac", is an American former professional baseball player currently serving as hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a first baseman, McGwire ...more

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Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Mark Spitz Mark Andrew Spitz is an American former competition swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in multiple events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics ...more

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Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Maury Wills Maurice Morning Wills is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. The switch-hitter is best remembered for his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he also played with the Pittsburgh Pirates ...more

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Michael Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Michael Johnson Michael Duane Johnson is a retired American sprinter. He won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals. Johnson currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 ...more

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte ...more

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Michael Phelps Michael Fred Phelps II is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, ...more

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Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Mickey Mantle Mickey Charles Mantle, nicknamed "The Commerce Comet" or "The Mick", was an American Major League Baseball centerfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees for 18 ...more

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali is an American former professional boxer, generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, ...more

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Nile Kinnick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
Nile Kinnick Nile Clarke Kinnick, Jr. was a student and a college football player at the University of Iowa. He won the 1939 Heisman Trophy and was a consensus All-American. He died during a training flight ...more

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O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Winners List
O. J. Simpson Orenthal James "O. J." Simpson, also nicknamed "The Juice", is a retired American football player, broadcaster, actor, and convicted felon currently incarcerated in Nevada. ...more