Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax and Unanimous Winners of the Cy Young Award

Clayton Kershaw Joins Sandy Koufax (And Orel Hershiser) As Unanimous Cy Young Award Winners For The Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Joins Sandy Koufax (And Orel Hershiser) As Unanimous Cy Young Award Winners For The Los Angeles Dodgers

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.

SEASON PITCHER TEAM LEAGUE W L ERA K
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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