This is the first time that the award, which was created to recognize contributions of historical significance in Major League Baseball, has been given out since Ken Griffey Jr. received it in 2011.
Rivera spent his entire career in a Yankees uniform. During his final season, he received an extraordinary outpouring of support from teammates and opponents alike.
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.