Next up in the Awards thread is a 1975 card for the 1974 Cy Young winners, Mike Marshall and Jim “Catfish” Hunter, who put together a couple of monster seasons in 1974:
Starting off with Marshall, he put in a season for the ages coming out
of the bullpen for the Los Angeles Dodgers on their way to the National
League Pennant, appeared in a (still) Major League record 106 games,
posting a record of 15-12 with a 2.42 earned run average along with a
league-leading 21 saves.
The man pitched an incredible 208.1 innings out of the bullpen, striking out 143 batters while closing out 83 games for L.A.
His performance even got him a third place finish in the league Most
Valuable Player race, finishing behind winner (and teammate) Steve
Garvey and stolen base guru Lou Brock.
Over in the American League, Catfish Hunter edged out the Texas Rangers’
Fergie Jenkins, taking home the Award based on his league-leading 25
wins and 2.49 earned run average, along with six shutouts over his 41
starts and 23 complete games as he anchored an Oakland staff that led
the team to their third straight World Series win.
It was his fourth straight 20-win season, to which he’d add the
following season as a New York Yankee after becoming the first big-time
Free Agent in baseball’s new age.
It’s still amazing to remember that Hunter’s career was over by the time
he was 33, even though he already had 224 wins under his belt.
Wonder just how many wins he could have racked up had he been able to stick around to his late-30’s.