Saturday, March 18, 2017

1960'S SEASONAL LEADERS- PITCHING WINS

Today’s 1960’s high-water mark in stats is pitching wins, and anytime you can have a new card with Sandy Koufax on it is a good day!
Check it out:


Koufax topped the National League with 27 wins in 1966, in what would sadly be his last year in the Majors due to arm trouble which led him to retire prematurely.
It was the last season in a five year run rarely seen before or since by any pitcher in Major League history.
In those five years between 1962 and 1966 he led the league in wins three times, earned run average five times, shutouts three times, and strikeouts three times!
He took home three Cy Young Awards and an MVP (1963), finished second in MVP twice, was named to the all-star team every season and pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Championships (1963 & 1965).
On the American League side of course, we have Denny McLain and his 31 wins from the “Year of the Pitcher”, 1968.
As a 24-year older, McLain just dominated A.L. Batters, going 31-6 with a 1.96 E.R.A., six shutouts and 280 strikeouts! Needless to say he took home BOTH the A.L. Cy Young Award and M.V.P. That year, a year that saw the Detroit Tigers win it all after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.
He wouldn’t disappoint in 1969 either, winning 24 games and tossing nine shutouts while sharing the Cy Young with Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Cuellar.
But sadly for McLain, troubles began the very next season and he’d be out of baseball after 1972 at only 28-years of age.
Back to Koufax for a second: I always wonder what he could have done during that 1968 “Year of the Pitcher” season. Who knows, perhaps HE could have been the last 30-game winner?

4 comments:

  1. Nice card. I have mixed emotions whenever I think of Denny McLain. He was great, if only for a short time.

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  2. Great card. When watching Sandy Koufax as a kid, I knew he was good, but I did not fully appreciate just how good he was. Reading your summary reminded me. Still looking for those dedicated rookie cards from the 60's, i.e. 65 Rico Petrocelli Red Sox, 63 Pete Ward White Sox, 63 Ken McMullen Ddogers, etc. Unless I missed it, you haven't done a dedicated rookie card since the Dale Murphy card in May 2016. Keep up the good work. Really enjoy your blog.

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  3. Good card since both pitchers look to be in the stretch "set" position

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  4. Found your 2 dedicated rookies, Dennis Martinez and Bob Boone on your posts in October 2016. Great cards. Especially the Bob Boone. He was a starter for the Phillies as a rookie in 1973, so this fills in a spot very nicely. Thanks

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