Major League Baseball: Pitchers with the Most Cy Young Awards

Roger Clemens in 1986

Roger Clemens in 1986, the Year of His First Cy Young (Getty)

Roger Clemens has won the most Cy Young Awards in baseball history – 7 –  but the cloud of steroids hangs over this accomplishment.

Randy Johnson has been untainted by the steroid scandal.  He’s next, with 5.

The Cy Young was first awarded in 1956.  There was only one award given for both leagues between 1956 and 1966.  Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers won the first Cy Young award.

In 1967, MLB began awarding two Cy Youngs – one for the NL and one for the AL.

In 55 years, only 16 pitchers have won the Cy Young more than once.  Here they are:

UPDATED LIST: Through the 2014 awards to include the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw who now has three (2011, 2013 and 2014). All together now, 17 pitchers have won more than one Cy Young.

1.
Roger Clemens
7
Red Sox: 1986, 1987, 1991; Blue Jays: 1997, 1998; Yankees: 2001; Astros: 2004
2. Randy Johnson 5 Mariners: 1995;  Diamondbacks: 1999 – 2002
3. Steve Carlton 4 Phillies: 1972, 1977, 1980, 1982
3. Greg Maddux 4 Cubs: 1992; Braves: 1993 – 1995
5. Clayton Kershaw 3 Dodgers: 2011, 2013, 2014
5. Sandy Koufax 3 L.A. Dodgers: 1963, 1965, 1966
5. Pedro Martinez 3 Expos: 1997; Red Sox: 1999, 2000
5. Jim Palmer 3 Orioles: 1973, 1975, 1976
5. Tom Seaver 3 Mets: 1969, 1973, 1975
10. Bob Gibson 2 Cardinals: 1968, 1970
10. Tom Glavine 2 Braves: 1991, 1998
10. Roy Halladay 2 Blue Jays: 2003; Phillies: 2010
10. Tim Lincecum 2 S.F. Giants: 2008, 2009
10. Denny McLain 2 Tigers: 1968, 1969 (shared)
10. Gaylord Perry 2 Indians: 1972; Padres: 1978
10. Bret Saberhagen 2 Royals: 1985, 1989
10. Johan Santana 2 Twins: 2004, 2006

Posted on June 28, 2011, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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