On November 4, 1980, Steve Carlton was awarded the Cy Young Award, joining Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, and Jim Palmer as pitchers who have won three Cy Young Awards. Carlton collected all but one of the 24 first-place votes to take National League honors. Carlton finished the 1980 season with a 24-9 record and a 2.34 ERA, and he also led the National League with 286 strikeouts.
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Him winning three got me wondering about the longest time between winning Cy Young awards. Probably Clemens, but I looked up Carlton on b-ref and he won another cy young in 1982 which means he won four in a 10 year span. That’s amazing consistency.
Thanks for sharing that! Absolutely impressive consistency, holy smokes.