The next highlight from the decade of the 1970’s I wanted to celebrate was the third Cy Young Award taken home by one of the best pitchers from the era, Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer, who became the first American League pitcher to do so in 1976:
Palmer joined Sandy Koufax and Tom Seaver as the only pitchers at that
time to reach three Cy Young Awards after putting in another masterful
season in ‘76, posting a 22-13 record with a 2.51 earned run average,
six shutouts and 159 strikeouts over 40 starts and 315 innings pitched.
It was his sixth of eight 20-win seasons, all achieved in the 1970’s. An amazing feat regardless of the decade!
The man was a pitching machine, eventually finishing with a 268-152
record, good for a .638 winning percentage, with a minuscule 2.86 ERA
and 53 shutouts along with 2212 strikeouts over 558 games, 521 of which
Pretty much THE dominant starter in the Junior Circuit in that era, he
appeared in six All-Star Games, had three second-place Cy Young finishes
and was awarded four Gold Glove Awards for his defensive capabilities.
Beyond an easy pick for the Hall of Fame, he was inducted in his first
year of eligibility, being named on 92.6% of the vote in 1990.
Imagine the 7.4% who kept him off their ballot?! Absurd...