Justin Upton has slipped a bit recently, but for most of this season he has been in the running not just for the 2011 National League MVP, but for becoming one of the youngest MVPs ever. The rightfielder, who turned 24 a couple of weeks ago, has led the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks to a now-comfortable first place and an almost-certain unexpected playoff appearance.
To be sure, Upton's numbers aren't good enough compared to the other contenders—Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, Cliff Lee, Albert Pujols, Troy Tulowitzki—and the award will likely go elsewhere, but for much of the year he has been in the conversation.
Three of the last six MLB MVPs, too, have been younger than 26, but Joey Votto, Joe Mauer and Dustin Pedroia were each still two years too old to make this list. And they were still five years older than the youngest MVP ever, who started his bust-out season at the nascent age of 21. Who was it?
Cruise through these, the 15 youngest MVPs, to find out.