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25-Game Winner Who Didn’t Win Cy Young Award

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Since the Cy Young Award began in 1956, who is the only National League pitcher to have won 25 or more games in a season without winning the award?

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Hall-of-Famer Juan Marichal earned this dubious distinction three times. In 1963, Marichal won 25 games but lost in the Cy Young voting to Sandy Koufax, who also won 25 that year. In 1966, Marichal won 25 games but again lost out to Koufax, who tallied 27 victories. In 1968, Marichal won 26 games but was overshadowed by the outstanding season turned in by Bob Gibson, who won 22 games and compiled an astounding 1.12 ERA.

First National League Back-to-Back MVP

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Who was the first National League baseball player to earn back-to-back Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards?

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Hall of famer Ernie Banks earned back-to-back MVP awards in the National League in 1958 and 1959 making him the first player to accomplish that feat.

Winner of 1st Cy Young Award

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Who was the winner of the first Cy Young Award?

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The Cy Young Award was introduced in 1956 as an honor given annually to the best pitcher in the Major Leagues. When first introduced, the award was a combined award for the American League and National League. In 1967 the award was expanded to recognize the best pitcher in the American League and the best pitcher in the National League.

The winner of the first Cy Young Award in 1956 was the National League’s Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers who went 27-7 with a 3.06 ERA.

First Winners of Baseball’s MVP Award

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What baseball players were the first to win Major League Baseball’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award?

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Baseball’s MVP award has been in existence since 1931. In that first year, the following players won the award:

  • American League – Lefty Grove, a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics
  • National League – Frankie Frisch, a second baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals

MLB Duplicate Retired Numbers

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What are the only two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams to have the a retired number shared by more than one player?

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The Washington Nationals (formerly Montreal Expos) have retired jersey #10 in honor of both Rusty Staub and Andre Dawson. The New York Yankees have similarly retired jersey #8 to honor two Hall-of-Famers: Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey.

Pitcher with the Most Wins in a Season

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Who is the major league pitcher with the most wins in a season?

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Charles Gardner Radbourn (“Old Hoss”) won 59 games in 1884 while playing for the Providence Grays. That year he won the National League’s pitching Triple Crown with a 1.38 earned run average, 59 wins and 441 strikeouts.

1951 National League Pennant

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Who was the on-deck batter when New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson hit his walk off home run off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca in the one-game playoff to win the 1951 National League pennant? What future Hall-of-Famer was born on the day Thomson hit this home run?

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Willie Mays was the on-deck batter when Bobby Thomson hit his walk off home run – the “shot heard ’round the world”. Born that same day, October 3, 1951, was future hall of famer Dave Winfield.