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1954   |   1955   |   1956   |   1957   |   1958   |   1959   |   1960

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CHIEF OF THE YEAR

1959
 In 1959, Willie Mays matched Ted Kluszewski's record of three consecutive Chief of the Year awards.  Perhaps more importantly, after several seasons of near misses, 1959 saw Peoria outfielder Willie Mays win his first AARBL MVP award.  Mays was a terror at the plate, finishing second in the league in batting with a .329 average, seventh in the league in home runs with 31, and fifth in RBIs with 117.  Mays also led the league in doubles with 51, finished fourth in stolen bases with 35, sixth in runs scored with 108, and third in slugging percentage with a .602 mark.  Mays also played stellar defense, winning his third Gold Glove in center field.  All this occurred while leading the Chiefs to a 106 win season, and their fifth World Series appearance.
Willie Mays 1959 AARBL MVP
1959 Chief of the Year
Willie Mays
AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.329
.602
.407
148
571
108
188
51*
6
31
117
72
54
6
2
7
35
6
* Denotes led league
1958
In 1958, Willie Mays continued to assert himself as the Chiefs' best player.  For the season, he  garnered the AARBL's prestigious Babe Ruth Award, putting up impressive enough numbers to persuade voters that he was the league's best offensive player.  Mays led the Chiefs to their second straight Eastern Division title, and along the way, he compiled a gaudy .344 batting average with 31 home runs, 116 RBIs, and 63 stolen bases.  Mays also slugged .581, with a .418 on base percentage.
1958 Chief of the Year Willie Mays
1958 Chief of the Year
Willie Mays
AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.344
.581
.418
154
608
128
209
33
9
31
116
76
74
4
0
14
63
16
* Denotes led league

1957
In 1958, Willie Mays finally managed to wrestle the Chief of the Year Award away from teammate Ted Kluszewski, all while leading the Chiefs to their third Eastern Division crown, and their second AARBL championsip.  Mays was simply brilliant, as he compiled a gaudy .340 batting average, along with 29 home runs, a league leading 21 triples, 108 RBIs, and 51 stolen bases.  Mays also slugged .589, with a .415 on base percentage.  In the post season, Mays was equally dominant, as he hit .469 for the Chiefs in a seven game World Series battle with the So Cal Knights.
1957 Chief of the Year Willie Mays
1957 Chief of the Year
Willie Mays
AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.340
.589
.415
154
606
131
206
22
21*
29
108
78
65
3
0
16
51
16
* Denotes led league

1956
In the 1955 season, Ted Kluszewski won the league's Triple Crown award.  In 1956, he unbelievably repeated that feat as he led the Chiefs to a first place tie in the Eastern Division.  Unfortunately, the Chiefs eventually lost a tie breaker to the Wilmington Hornets and failed to make the playoffs for the first time in their short history.  This however, did not tarnish the Big Klu's accomplishments, as he paced the league in home runs and RBI with 55 and 166 respectively, and finished with a league best .365 batting average.  He also won his third consecutive AARBL MVP and Babe Ruth Awards.  

1956 Chief of the Year Ted Kluszewski
1956 Chief of the Year Slugging First Baseman Ted "Big Klu" Kluszewski

AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.365*
.699*
.405
148
572
120
209*
22
2
55*
166*
41
27
2
0
10
10
0
* Denotes Led League

1955
In 1955 rookie draft, Ted Kluszewski took his game to the next level, winning the first ever AARBL Triple Crown.  Kluszewski paced the league in home runs with 56, RBIs with 191, and average with a .365 mark, all while leading the Chiefs to their first ever league championship.  He also won his second consecutive AARBL MVP and Babe Ruth Awards as the Chiefs finished with a 106-48 record on the year.  

Ted Kluszewski 1955 Chief of the Year
1955 Chief of the Year Slugging First Baseman Ted "Big Klu" Kluszewski

AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.365*
.675*
.406
154*
647
121
236*
33
0
56*
191*
48
31
2
0
8
7
1
* Denotes Led League

1954
In the 1954 rookie draft, the Peoria Chiefs selected Ted Kluszewski with their second pick with the hope that he would offer lineup protection for slugger Willie Mays.  Kluszewski did more than that, as he paced the league in home runs and RBI with 54 and 164 respectively, and finished second in the league with a .331 batting average.  He also won the first ever AARBL MVP and Babe Ruth Awards.  The "Big Klu," as he was dubbed by the Peoria faithful, quickly became a fan favorite as he and Mays teamed to form the league's most feared hitting tandem.

1954 Chief of the Year Ted Kluszewski
1954 Chief of the Year Slugging First Baseman Ted "Big Klu" Kluszewski

AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.331
.642
.396
154*
637
129
211*
26
5
54*
164*
69
46
4
0
20
1
1
* Denotes led league