On February 4, 1956, Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick introduced the Cy Young Memorial Award in memory of the Hall of Fame pitcher, who died the previous year. The award was established as a way of honoring the outstanding major league pitcher of the year. The first recipient would be Don Newcombe, who posted a 27-7 record and a 3.06 ERA for the Dodgers during the 1956 season.
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Always a good trivia question. Who won the first Cy Young Award?
Very true. I’ll have to keep that in mind in case it ever comes up while watching Jeopardy!