The Gold Crown Award is given to the best offensive player at each batting order position, as determined in a league vote, in both the Metropolitan League (ML) and the Lake League (LL). From 1995 until 2001 this included pitchers, as the DH rule had not yet been introduced.
The usual statistical categories considered (though not by any means the only ones) are batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, home runs (HR) and runs batted in (RBI).
Marcus White has won the most Gold Crown Awards as a pitcher, with a total of four during his career (1995, 1996, 2000 and 2001). He won his first two with the Chicago Pit Bulls and the last two with the Nevada Speeders. He is also the only pitcher to have won the award in consecutive seasons, accomplishing that feat twice.
Tim Demino is the only pitcher to have won the Gold Crown Award in both the AEL and the LL. Jacques Papierclip is the only member of the Bull League Hall of Fame to have won the award.
Lake League winners
Metropolitan League winners