Fergie Jenkins And His 1971 Cy Young Award
In today’s game if a pitcher wins 20 games he is almost a shoe-in for the Cy Young award. But back in the 1970′s, that was not the case. While still a rare feat four decades ago, the 20-game winner has all but vanished in the 2000′s…
In 1971 Fergie Jenkins won the Cy Young award. In that campaign, Fergie had a record of 24-13 while starting 39 times. And of those 39 starts, he completed an amazing 30 games. He compiled a 2.77 ERA and struck out 263 batters in 325 innings pitched.
Jenkins finished in the Top 3 three other times during his magnificent career. Had it not been for the amazing careers of Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, and Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter, Fergie may have been a multiple time winner… We can dream, can’t we??