Clayton Kershaw and Baseball’s Back-to-Back Cy Young Award Winners
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 Orioles‘ Mike 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 next time it will happen? How about in 2014, when the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Clayton 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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