Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Unanimous Winners of the Cy Young Award
Since the Cy Young Award‘s inception (1956), only 17 pitchers have won it unanimously, including this season’s winner, Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw takes home the 2014 National League Cy Young – his third – with 100% of the first-place votes. And you can see why, by the numbers below.
He’s no Sandy Koufax, though. No one is.
Koufax – back when there was only one award for the whole Major Leagues – did it three times (more than anybody) and in utterly dominant fashion.
He and Greg Maddux are the only pitchers to do it back-to-back.
Find all 23 times the voters went one way in today’s list. In 1968, both the NL winner (Bob Gibson) and AL winner (Denny McLain) snatched all the votes between the two of them – the only time that’s happened.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||1963||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles Dodgers||ML*||25||5||1.88||306|
|2.||1965||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles Dodgers||ML*||26||8||2.04||382|
|3.||1966||Sandy Koufax||Los Angeles Dodgers||ML*||27||9||1.73||317|
|4.||1968||Denny McLain||Detroit Tigers||AL||31||6||1.96||280|
|5.||1968||Bob Gibson||St. Louis Cardinals||NL||22||9||1.12||268|
|6.||1972||Steve Carlton||Philadelphia Phillies||NL||27||10||1.97||310|
|7.||1978||Ron Guidry||New York Yankees||AL||25||3||1.74||248|
|8.||1984||Rick Sutcliffe||Chicago Cubs||NL||16||1||2.69||155|
|9.||1985||Dwight Gooden||New York Mets||NL||24||4||1.53||268|
|10.||1986||Roger Clemens||Boston Red Sox||AL||24||4||2.48||238|
|11.||1988||Orel Hershiser||Los Angeles Dodgers||NL||23||8||2.26||178|
|12.||1994||Greg Maddux||Atlanta Braves||NL||16||6||1.56||156|
|13.||1995||Greg Maddux||Atlanta Braves||NL||19||2||1.63||181|
|14.||1998||Roger Clemens||Toronto Blue Jays||AL||20||6||2.65||271|
|15.||1999||Pedro Martinez||Boston Red Sox||AL||23||4||2.07||313|
|16.||2000||Pedro Martinez||Boston Red Sox||AL||18||6||1.74||284|
|17.||2002||Randy Johnson||Arizona Diamondbacks||NL||24||5||2.32||334|
|18.||2004||Johan Santana||Minnesota Twins||AL||20||6||2.61||265|
|19.||2006||Johan Santana||Minnesota Twins||AL||19||6||2.77||245|
|20.||2007||Jake Peavy||San Diego Padres||NL||19||6||2.54||240|
|21.||2010||Roy Halladay||Philadelphia Phillies||NL||21||10||2.44||219|
|22.||2011||Justin Verlander||Detroit Tigers||AL||24||5||2.40||250|
|23.||2014||Clayton Kershaw||Los Angeles Dodgers||NL||21||3||1.77||239|
* From 1956 through 1966, only one Cy Young was awarded to the whole league (ML). Beginning in 1967 two awards were given, one each for the National (NL) and American (AL) Leagues.
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