Each year The American Legion honors a former American Legion Baseball player who is currently playing in the Major Leagues for his character, leadership, playing abilities and community service. Individuals are recommended by their respective post.
Through a special arrangement with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, a player is selected each year as the George W. Rulon Player of the Year. The award is based on integrity, mental attitude, cooperation, citizenship, sportsmanship, scholastic aptitude and general good conduct.
Since 1945, the American Legion has presented a slugger trophy to the player with the highest batting average during national competition.
The Big Stick Award is given at the American Legion World Series to the player who rounds the most bases in regional and national competition.
Dr. Irvin L. Cowger, a former Department of Kansas adjutant and devoted baseball supporter. The National Americanism Commission established an award in Cowger's name, sponsored by the Department of Kansas. The recipient is credited with the most runs batted in during regional and national competition.
Bob Feller was the first American Legion Baseball alumnus elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Despite an active business career, Feller continues to maintain a keen interest in the program. The recipient is the player with the most strikeouts in regional and national competition.
The James F. Daniel Jr. Memorial Sportsmanship Award is presented to a player who participates in the Legion World Series and best embodies the principles of good sportsmanship.
Adjutant Jack Williams led the Department of North Dakota for 49 years before his death in 1967. Aware that proper adult leadership is an important component of success, Williams encouraged qualified men to work in the program. To honor Williams' memory, this award is presented to the manager and coach of the national championship team as outstanding representatives of adult leadership.