If Eddie Murray looks a bit disgruntled on this card, it's probably because he can't get any respect. "Steady Eddie" may have been the best player to never win a Most Valuable Player award, which isn't to say that he didn't come agonizingly close. The slugging first baseman had six top-five finishes in MVP balloting, including a string of five straight from 1981-1985. In back-to-back years he was the runner-up, first to Milwaukee's Robin Yount in 1982 and then to his Orioles teammate Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1983. In the latter case, the total points favored Cal 322-290.
This actually pertains to my latest Sporcle quiz, which I hope will have a little more wide-ranging appeal than the Maryland-born home run hitter quiz. This time, I'm asking you to name the second bananas on baseball's annual MVP ballot from 1980-2009. Enjoy it, offer any suggestions you may have, and tell your friends!