Justin Verlander Wins AL MVP: Pitchers Who Have Won Both MVP and Cy Young in Same Year

Justin Verlander, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Winner

Justin Verlander, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Winner (blippitt.com)

Justin Verlander has won the 2011 American League MVP, becoming the first pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1992 to win both the MVP and Cy Young in the same season.

All together, 10 pitchers have won both awards in the same year.

The Cy Young was first given in 1956.  The MVP, however, has been awarded since 1911.  In the intervening 45 years, 14 pitchers won the MVP as well.

NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP & CY YOUNG

Don Newcombe 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers
Sandy Koufax 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers
Bob Gibson 1968 St. Louis Cardinals

NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP

Dazzy Vance 1924 Brooklyn Robins
Carl Hubbell 1933 New York Giants
Dizzy Dean 1934 St. Louis Cardinals
Carl Hubbell 1936 New York Giants
Bucky Walters 1939 Cincinnati Reds
Mort Cooper 1942 St. Louis Cardinals
Jim Konstanty 1950 Philadelphia Phillies

AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP & CY YOUNG

Denny McLain 1968 Detroit Tigers
Vida Blue 1971 Oakland A’s
Rollie Fingers 1981 Milwaukee Brewers
Willie Hernandez 1984 Detroit Tigers
Roger Clemens 1986 Boston Red Sox
Dennis Eckersley 1992 Oakland A’s
Justin Verlander 2011 Detroit Tigers

AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP

Walter Johnson 1913 Washington Senators
Walter Johnson 1924 Washington Senators
Lefty Grove 1931 Philadelphia A’s
Spud Chandler 1943 New York Yankees
Hal Newhouser 1944 Detroit Tigers
Hal Newhouser 1945 Detroit Tigers
Bobby Shantz 1952 Philadelphia A’s
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Posted on November 21, 2011, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Verlander pitched fantastic this year but the MVP should be for everyday players, not pitchers. Check out the rest of my thoughts on my blog: http://foultalk.wordpress.com

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