Jim Palmer’s Run Of Three Cy Young Award In Four Consecutive Seasons

Jim Palmer’s Run Of Three Cy Young Award In Four Consecutive Seasons

At the conclusion of the 1976 major league baseball season, Jim Palmer won the Cy Young Award for being the best pitcher in the American League.

In a 4-year span from 1973-76, Palmer won the AL Cy Young Award 3 times.  Impressively, he dominated the league and was the leader of a very strong Orioles team.

A quick peek at the numbers:

Year Record Comp. Games ERA K’s Walks K’s:Walks
1973 22-9 19 2.40 158 113 1.4
1975 23-11 25 2.09 193 80 2.4
1976 22-13 23 2.51 159 84 1.9

Oh yeah, he also finished in second place in 1977 behind Sparky Lyle.  In a tight race, Lyle got 40% of the votes while Palmer tallied 34%.

2 responses to “Jim Palmer’s Run Of Three Cy Young Award In Four Consecutive Seasons

  1. On page 1 of Sparky Lyle’s memoir “The Bronx Zoo” (1979) he writes about learning that he has beat Jim Palmer for the Cy Young in ’77. Lyle says: “I thought for sure the Orioles’ Jim Palmer would win it. He won 20 games, he’s a great pitcher, and besides, every year he campaigns for the thing. No one can blow his own horn the way Jim Palmer can.”

    I LOVE Jim Palmer, just love him … but that line made me laugh and laugh. (And, it was probably pretty true at the time.)

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