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Previous Cy Young Winners in Dodgers’ History: Fan’s Take
Add Clayton Kershaw's(notes) name to the long list of Dodgers who have won the Cy Young Award. Kershaw, who was named the 2011 National League Cy Young winner on Thursday, November 17, is the eighth pitcher in the storied history of the franchise to win it.
Can you name the other seven pitchers in team history to take home the prestigious award? Hint: Don Sutton, who is the team's all-time leader in wins and strikeouts, is not one of them. Here they are.
Don Newcombe (1956) — Fittingly, Newcombe won the first-ever Cy Young Award in 1956 when only one Cy Young was given for both leagues. He went 27-7 with a 3.06 earned run average for the Brooklyn Dodgers, who lost a World Series rematch to the New York Yankees in seven games.
Don Drysdale (1962) — A then 25-year-old Drysdale won a career-high 25 games with a 2.83 ERA for the Dodgers, who in 1962 won 102 games and still missed the playoffs. Drysdale, who has the second-most wins in franchise history with 209, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
Sandy Koufax (1963, 1965-66) — Koufax, who led the league in ERA in each of his last five MLB seasons, won three Cy Young awards in four years from 1963-66. In that span, he had a combined record of 97-27 with a 1.86 ERA. Koufax was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Koufax was the last pitcher to win the Cy Young when it was given to only one pitcher from both leagues.
Mike Marshall (1974) — Marshall went 15-12 with a 2.42 ERA and saved 21 games in 1974. He appeared in 106 games, as the Dodgers reached the World Series. Marshall's overall 14-year career was solid, but not great. He had an all-time record of 97-112 with 188 career saves.
Fernando Valenzuela (1981) — Fernando-mania swept Los Angeles in 1981 when the round lefty won the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year. Valenzuela went 13-7 with a 2.48 ERA and led the NL in complete games and strikeouts with 11 and 180, respectively. His career record was 173-153.
Orel Hershiser (1988) — Hershiser was 23-8 with a 2.26 ERA in 1988, as the Dodgers made one of the most memorable championship runs in baseball history. Hershiser, who pitched a record-setting 59 consecutive scoreless innings that season, was also named the Most Valuable Player of both the NLCS and World Series.
Eric Gagne (2003) — Gagne was lights out in 2003 with 55 saves and a miniscule 1.20 ERA. From 2002-04, he had 152 total saves, but injuries would ruin his career. Gagne was never the same after '04 and finished his career with 187 career saves; his 161 for the Dodgers is the most in franchise history.
Clayton Kershaw (2011) — In his fourth Major League season, Kershaw won the NL's pitching triple crown, which consists of leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts. Kershaw, who was a first-round pick of the Dodgers in the 2006 MLB Draft, was 21-5, with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts in 2011.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who roots for the New York Mets (and any team that is playing the New York Yankees). An avid fantasy baseball player and fan of Major League Baseball, his games of choice growing up were Strat-O-Matic and MicroLeague Baseball.
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