New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison
Bumgarner was named the 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year on
The award is presented annually to the athlete, team or coach who transcended
the year in both athletic performance and character.
Bumgarner led the Giants to the World Series title in October, earning a pair
of victories in his two starts against the Kansas City Royals before finishing
off the seven-game triumph with a five-inning save on two days’ rest in the
“What we saw from Madison this year — and in particular in the World Series
— is the stuff of legends,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, Time Inc. Sports Group
Editor. “It’s rare to see someone so young establish himself as one of the
best ever, but after three outstanding World Series performances the case can
be made that he’s the best postseason pitcher of all-time.”
The 25-year-old left-hander has 67 regular-season wins and has been a part of
three World Series championships. In 36 career World Series innings, Bumgarner
is 4-0 and holds all-time records for lowest ERA (0.25), fewest hits per nine
innings (3.5) and fewest walks plus hits per inning (0.528).
Bumgarner is the first Giant and seventh big league pitcher to earn Sportsman
of the Year honors.
The other pitchers to win the award were Johnny Podres in 1955, Sandy Koufax
in 1965, Tom Seaver in 1969, Orel Hershiser in 1988, and Curt Schilling and
Randy Johnson in 2001. In all, there have been 15 baseball selections — 14
players and the 2004 Boston Red Sox — the most recent being Derek Jeter in
Last year’s winner was Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.