Today we come to the 1971 sub-set celebrating the big award winners of the year before, in this case the Cy Young Award, given to Bob Gibson of the Cardinals and Jim Perry of the Twins:
Gibson took home his second such award, winning it for the first time in
1968 when he also was named the National League MVP for his season of a
Though his 1970 wasn’t as incredible, it was still awesome, as he posted
a 23-7 record along with a 3.12 earned run average, three shutouts and a
career-high 274 strikeouts while also getting his sixth Gold Glove.
The 1970 season would be the last of his five 20-win seasons in his
career, along with the eighth of nine career 200-K campaigns.
Over in the American League, Jim Perry would be named the top pitcher in
the league with his 24-12 record, along with a 3.04 E.R.A., four
shutouts and 168 strikeouts in a very tight race.
While Perry took the award with his 55 overall points in voting, he
barely edged out the Baltimore Orioles Dave McNally, who received 47
points based on his 24-9 record, while teammate Mike Cuellar actually
matched Perry’s six 1st Place votes, ending up with 44 points overall as
he also posted 24 wins, against only eight losses.
Cleveland Indians fire-baller Sam McDowell was sandwiched in between
Oriole hurlers with 45 points, receiving four first place votes based on
his 20-12 record with a league-leading 304 strikeouts to go with a nice
Ironically, Perry’s younger brother Gaylord would finish a distant
second in the N.L. voting with his 23-13 record, along with a 3.20
E.R.A., five shutouts and 214 strikeouts.
How awesome is that?!