Clayton Kershaw and Baseball’s Back-to-Back Cy Young Award Winners

Will Clayton Kershaw Join The List Of Back-To-Back Cy Young Award Winners In 2014?

Will Clayton Kershaw Join The List Of Back-To-Back Cy Young Award Winners In 2014?

Since the inception of the Cy Young Award in 1956 (a total of 106* awards given to 73 pitchers through 2013), eight different pitchers have won (at least) back-to-back honors.

I say at least because two of those pitchers went back-to-back-to-back-to-back. That’s four times in a row, and they were Randy Johnson and recent Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. Maddux is also the only pitcher to win two in a row with two different teams, the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves.

One of the eight pitchers went back-to-back twice, a decade apart. It was Roger Clemens, “allegedly” with some help.

In 1969, Denny McLain shared the Cy Young with the Baltimore OriolesMike Cuellar. It is still the only time two pitchers in the same league won the award in the same year, and gave McLain his second consecutive (after his 31-6 1968, the last time anybody’s won 30).

The last time a pitcher won consecutive Cy Youngs? The San Francisco GiantsTim Lincecum in 2008-2009.

The next time it will happen? How about in 2014, when the Los Angeles DodgersClayton Kershaw takes it again. He’s got a no-hitter, a 41-inning scoreless streak (one of the longest ever) and, as of the date of this post, is sporting a 13-2, 157, 1.82 line.

UPDATED LIST: Through 2014. Clayton Kershaw is the latest addition.

SEASON CY YOUNG WINNER TEAM LEAGUE RECORD K ERA
1965 Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers NL 26–8 382 2.04
1966 Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers NL 27–9 317 1.73
1968 Denny McLain Detroit Tigers AL 31–6 280 1.96
1969 Denny McLain Detroit Tigers AL 24–9 181 2.80
1975 Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles AL 23–11 193 2.09
1976 Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles AL 22–13 159 2.51
1986 Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox AL 24–4 238 2.48
1987 Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox AL 20–9 256 2.97
1992 Greg Maddux Chicago Cubs NL 20–11 199 2.18
1993 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves NL 20–10 197 2.36
1994 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves NL 16–6 156 1.56
1995 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves NL 19–2 181 1.63
1997 Roger Clemens Toronto Blue Jays AL 21–7 292 2.05
1998 Roger Clemens Toronto Blue Jays AL 20–6 271 2.65
1999 Pedro Martínez Boston Red Sox AL 23–4 313 2.07
2000 Pedro Martínez Boston Red Sox AL 18–6 284 1.74
1999 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks NL 17–9 364 2.49
2000 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks NL 19–7 347 2.64
2001 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks NL 21–6 372 2.49
2002 Randy Johnson Arizona Diamondbacks NL 24–5 334 2.32
2008 Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants NL 18–5 265 2.62
2009 Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants NL 15–7 261 2.48
2013 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers NL 16–9 232 1.83
2014 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers NL 21-3 239 1.77

* One award for the entire Major Leagues was doled out from 1956 through 1966, and in 1969 two pitchers won it.

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