The Baseball Writers’ Association of America put seven Dodgers on their National League Most Valuable Player Award ballots, including six of the top thirteen. Boston Braves third baseman Bob Elliott was the top vote-getter, followed by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Ewell Blackwell and New York Giants first baseman Johnny Mize.
The most valuable Dodger, according to the writers, was Bruce Edwards, the second-year catcher, who finished in fourth place. Four voters placed Edwards at the top of their ballots, giving him more first-place votes than anyone except Elliott, who had nine. Edwards batted a solid .295 in 130 games, and did an outstanding job of handling the often-erratic Brooklyn pitching staff.
Brooklyn’s rookie first baseman Jackie Robinson, with a .297 average, 125 runs scored, and a league-high 29 stolen bases, was fifth. Other Dodgers receiving votes were shortstop Pee Wee Reese (eighth place), pitchers Ralph Branca and Hugh Casey (eleventh and twelfth, respectively), second baseman Eddie Stanky (tied for thirteenth), and right fielder Dixie Walker (nineteenth).
The Walker vote is one of the more intriguing in the history of postseason awards. He received one first-place vote, but the other twenty-three writers omitted him from their ballots. Walker had been heavily involved in the preseason resistance to Robinson; nevertheless, he had a fine year, batting .306 and leading the team in runs batted in with ninety-four. His one first-place vote seems misplaced, but even more so does his being completely overlooked by the other writers.