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Cy Young Award
1995. Johnson has won more than one, and he seeks to add even more. In 1995 he picked up the Cy with the Seattle Mariners. He went an amazing 18-2 with 294 strikeouts. The Mariners lost the American League pennant to the Indians.
1988. Known as the 'Bulldog', Hershiser tore the National League up in 1988 with the Dodgers. His season record was 23-8 but better things were to happen. He was voted the World Series MVP that year after the Dodgers beat the Oakland A's 4 games to 1.
Fernando Velenzuela. Fernanado Mania struck Los Angeles in 1981. What was remarkable about Valenzuela winning the Cy Young in 1981, he was also named Rookie of the Year. He threw an amazing 192.3 innings ranking first amongst pitchers.
Pedro Martinez. Pedro had a stellar final year with the Expos in 1997 before departing for the Red Sox in Boston. He went 17-8 with a remarkable 305 strikeouts to win the Cy.
4. Amazingly enough, Greg won them in 4 consecutive seasons from 1992-1995 with the Cubs and Braves. In those 4 seasons, the Braves experienced a National League pennant, a Division title, a World Series, and a 2nd place finish.
5. He won 5 in the 20th century, and another in 2001 with the Yankees. The 20th century Cy Young years were in 1986, 1987, and 1991 with the Red Sox, and 1997-1998 with the Toronto Blue Jays.
|As of the 2001 season, how many New York Yankees have won the Cy Young from 1956-2001 as a Yankee?||Cy Young Award Winners
5. Bob Turley was the first pin-striper to win it in 1958 followed by the great Whitey Ford in 1961. Sparky Lyle and Ron Guidry won it in consecutive years in 1977 and 1978, and Roger Clemens won it in 2001. Every one of the seasons listed that the Yankees had a Cy Winner, they went to the World Series.
1957. Spahn won the Cy Young in its 2nd year of award giving in 1957. Although striking out only 111 batters, his record of 21-11 helped the Braves make it to and win the World Series against the New York Yankees 4 games to 3.
Los Angeles Dodgers. Koufax was home-grown Dodger blue in Brooklyn in 1955 and stayed with the Dodgers when they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Unfortunately, and due to arthritis in his elbow, his last Cy in 1966 was his final year of baseball.
Gaylord Perry. In Gaylord's 17th season, he went 21-6 as a San Diego Padre. He played with 8 teams throughout his 22 season career.
Zolio Versalles. Zoilo was the first Twin to win the award.
31. Denny McLain won 31 games with the Tigers and was a Cy Young award winner in 1968.
Roger Clemens. Clemens was won a record seven Cy Young awards.
Barry Bonds. All listed won two MVP awards except Bonds who won seven.
Catfish Hunter. Hunter added a Cy Young to Oakland's many awards.
Walter Johnson. Walter won in 1913. Dazzy was first to win NL MVP honors.
Sandy Koufax. Gibson won twice, Ford won once, and Drysdale won once. Sandy in this period had over 700 strikeouts.
Jason Giambi. Tejada won it with Oakland but in 2002, Ivan and Juan won them with Texas, and Giambi won with Oakland in 2000.
|The Cy Young award was handed out to the most outstanding pitcher in the Major Leagues in 1956. Who was the first American League southpaw pitcher to win the award?||AL Cy Young Award Winners
Whitey Ford. All the others were National League pitchers when the won the Cy Young award. Whitey Ford of the 1961 New York Yankees won the award with his 25-4 record.
|In 1995, which southpaw would not only win his first career Cy Young Award, but would also be the first player in his team's history to win the award as well?||AL Cy Young Award Winners
Randy Johnson. With a record of 18 wins against 2 defeats, Randy Johnson was the hands-down favorite to win the award in 1995. He helped get the Seattle Mariners into the postseason for the first time in franchise history, and established himself as the most dominant left-handed pitcher in the Majors.
Roger Clemens. The Rocket won the Cy Young Award in convincing fashion in 1986 with the Boston Red Sox. Pedro Martinez was not in the Major Leagues in 1986, while Bret Saberhagen and La Mar Hoyt won the award in 1985 and 1983, respectively.
Frank Viola. Viola posted a 24-7 record with a 2.64 ERA and 193 strikeouts.
True. Dennis began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1976. He was a starter for the Indians, the Red Sox, and for the Cubs before being traded to Oakland in 1987. When he joined the Athletics, he was used as a relief pitcher and became the closer after an injury to Jay Howell, a role he never relinquished in his tenure with Oakland.
|This Brooklyn Dodger took the honors by winning the first-ever Cy Young Award presented in 1956. He had a 27-6 record and was the first African-American pitcher in the National League to win 20 games in a season. After the lights and glitter died down, he went 11-12 in 1957. Who was this pitcher?||The Cy Young Curse?
Don Newcombe. After winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 1949, Newcombe became the first to win 20 games in 1955 when he went 20-5. Had the award been presented, he would have certainly been in the running. He won the first presentation in 1956, winning it over teammate Sal Maglie. Don also won the NL MVP in 1956. After winning the Cy Young, he pitched in eight more seasons, but could only muster one winning season out of them.
|The Boston Red Sox had a great 1967 season. They watched Carl Yastrzemski bat for the Triple Crown and win the AL MVP Award. They also had which pitcher who went 22-9, win the Cy Young Award then plummet to a 6-10 record in 1968?||The Cy Young Curse?
Jim Lonborg. The Red Sox went all the way to the World Series in 1967, but lost four games to three to the Cardinals. Lonborg had a great season, winning the Cy Young over Joe Horlen of the White Sox. With the curse in mind, Jim went 6-10 and then 7-11 in 1969. He retired in 1979 with a 157-137 record.
|He was a great Minnesota Twins pitcher, until he won the Cy Young Award in 1988 for his 24-7 season. The following season he was 13-17, then 8-12 in 1990. Who was this pitcher that was cursed with the award?||The Cy Young Curse?
Frank Viola. Viola continued to pitch for 10 seasons after he won the award, but only won more than 13 games one time. Frank had shined up until the award, and won two games in the 1987 World Series win over the Cardinals. He won his Cy Young over Dennis Eckersley of the Athletics and Mark Gubicza of the Royals.
|This San Diego Padre pitcher bagged the NL Cy Young Award in 2007 by going 19-6, and also throwing a Triple Crown. His 2008 follow-up was less than stellar when he went 10-11. Which pitcher was this?||The Cy Young Curse?
Jake Peavy. Jake was in his sixth season when he won the Cy Young. He won it over Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks and Brad Penny of the Dodgers. The Padres traded Peavy to the White Sox in the 2009 season.
|From stardom to putz, this Oakland Athletics pitcher won the AL MVP and AL Cy Young Award in 1971 after going 24-8. He tried an encore, but took the 1972 season with a 6-10 record. Who is this pitcher?||The Cy Young Curse?
Vida Blue. Blue would experience his first World Series in 1972 also, but couldn't win a game in the series against the Reds. He came back in 1973 to go 20-9, finishing seventh for the Cy Young. After 17 seasons, Vida retired in 1986 with a 209-161 career record.
|In 1985, this Kansas City Royal controlled the American League with his 20-6 record and won the AL Cy Young Award. In 1986, he fell off the mound and went 7-12 with a 4.15 ERA. He won the award again in 1989, then went 5-9 in the following season. Which pitcher was this?||The Cy Young Curse?
Bret Saberhagen. It was a roller coaster ride for Bret after winning the Cy Young. He finished third in the 1994 voting and was probably relieved that he didn't win it for a third time. He retired in 2001 with a 167-117 career record.
|This Detroit Tiger pitcher shared the Cy Young Award in 1969. The Tiger went 24-9 with a 2.80 ERA. In 1970, he followed that up with a 3-5 season, then went 10-22 in 1971. Who was this that had the curse and fell into the abyss?||The Cy Young Curse?
Denny McLain. McLain shared the Cy Young with Baltimore Oriole Mike Cuellar. McLain fell into not only the abyss, but into trouble with federal officials. He was accused of illegal gambling and drug distribution issues. He spent time in prison for his ventures.
|This American League Cy Young winner in 2005 went 21-8 for the Angels. In 2006 he dropped to 1-5, then went 6-8 in 2007. Who was this cursed Angel pitcher?||The Cy Young Curse?
Bartolo Colon. Colon was in his second season with the Angels after playing most of seven seasons with the Indians. After the Cy Young presentation, he just never had the arm again, and went 14-21 over the next four seasons. He retired in 2009.