Sunday, August 14, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 1970'S: TOM SEAVER MATCHES KOUFAX WITH THIRD CY YOUNG AWARD

By the time “Tom Terrific” wrapped up his 1975 season, it was a given that he earned himself his third Cy Youn Award, matching Sandy Koufax as the only players to do so.
So today I give you a “Highlight” card celebrating the feat:


Seaver was in his prime in 1975, posting a 22-9 record with a 2.38 earned run average and 248 strikeouts. The win and K totals led the league, also contributing to his eighth all-star nod.
It was also the eighth year in a row that he posted 200 or more strikeouts, as well as fourth 20-win season and eighth sub-3.00 ERA, all setting him on a path straight to the Hall of Fame after his playing days were over.
And when those days were over, all Seaver had to show for it was a brilliant 2.86 ERA, 311 wins, 61 shutouts and 3640 strikeouts over 656 games, all but nine of them starts, and (at the time) the highest percentage of votes for the Hall.
The guy was incredible, and arguably missed out on being the first FOUR-time Cy Young winner when he got ripped off in 1981, with the award going to Dodger sensation Fernando Valenzuela.
Just an amazing talent...

6 comments:

  1. Had a friend in high school in the 1970's that was a big Seaver fan He frequently made the case that Seaver should of won the 1971 Cy Young award over Ferguson Jenkins. Seaver's ERA was a Full run lower than Jenkins although Ferguson had more wins. A full look at the stats makes compelling argument.

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  2. Recent history and new age stats will say guys like Kershaw, Bumgarner and Scherzer are "best ever". For my money Tom Seaver was THE best. His numbers from 1967 to 1979 are an average of 18 wins per year for 13 seasons. Only two seasons ((1974-11, 1976-14) he had less than 16 wins in that time frame. Let's wait a few more years before annointing any of these newbies.

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  3. This card goes well with your 1975 Highlights cards of Fred Lynn and Nolan Ryan. Will there be another? If so, who will it be of?

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  4. Seaver probably should have won another Cy Young in 1977 when he split time between NY and Cincy and very easily could have won yet again in 1981 were it not for that rookie sensation in L.A. named Fernando Valenzuela!

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  5. I totally agree that he should have won in '71 and '81. Not a doubt in my mind. Jenkins got one of those "lifetime achievement" awards w/the '71 win. Seaver had virtually no offensive support his entire met tenure and still compiled those gr8 stats. He might have been a unanimous HOF selection if 6 idiots didn't send back blank ballots protesting Rose not being on the ballot or something like that.

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