1981 HEADLINE: Fernando Valenzuela Becomes 1st Rookie To Capture Cy Young and ROY Awards!!!
On this day in 1981, Fernando Valenzuela won the National League’s Cy Young Award.
The week prior, he was named as the Rookie Of The Year, becoming the first player in major league history to earn both the ROY and the Cy Young Award in the same season.
The numbers? Let’s take a closer look, shall we??
13-7 record with 11 complete games and 8 shutouts. 180 strikeouts with just 61 walks and an ERA of 2.48.
Not too bad for a 20-year old hurler, huh??
Happy Anniversary Mr. Valenzuela!!!