The game of baseball is one that may have started in the United States, but it has spread around the world and has become immensely popular everywhere. It may not provide as much continuous excitement as football or basketball, but when truly appreciated, there is nothing quite like a game of baseball on a summer afternoon. Many of us grew up playing the game and dreaming of being in the MLB one day, playing for our favorite team. Though the majority of us didn't go pro, we still follow our team each year as they make a push for the World Series.
In order for a team to succeed, they need a great rotation of pitchers to shut the opposing team down. Not unlike other positions, the players that succeed at pitching are making tons of cash and are receiving a ton of praise from fans and analysts alike. These players can go on historic runs that see them remembered until the end of time. Each year, the two top pitchers in baseball receive the Cy Young; an award that carries with it an incredible amount of prestige.
How well do you know your baseball history? We are going to bring you a few Cy Young winners from the past. If you're a true fan, this should be a piece of cake!
1Can You Name This Pitcher?
This man deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and until he makes his way into Cooperstown, people will continue to voice their displeasure. Simply put, he is one of the most dominant pitchers to ever play baseball, and at the top of his game, he was routinely in the discussion for the best pitcher in all of baseball. He played for several teams during his career, though it was his time in New York that many people will remember the most.
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Looking back on his career, it’s almost unimaginable that people were able to get any runs on this guy. He had an insane fastball and a number of other pitches in his arsenal that left his opponents dumbfounded. He could dominate the game like few other pitchers during the time, and he was instrumental in bringing a World Series title out to Arizona. The Big Unit was an obvious choice for Hall of Fame selection, and he is considered among the best to ever do it.
3Can You Name This Pitcher?
At one point, the Atlanta Braves had one of the most stacked pitching rotations of all time, and it was largely why they were one of the most dominant teams during the 1990s. Among their incredible pitching staff was this gentleman here. He was already successful elsewhere before making his way to Atlanta, and once he arrived, he continued to dominate his competition and help the Braves become one of the most feared teams in all of baseball during that era.
4Can You Name This Pitcher?
When it comes to modern day pitchers that are constantly at the top, there is perhaps no bigger name than this man here. He has been dominating at his respective position for a number of years now, and when he is fully locked in, there are few teams that possess the talent to rack up any runs on him. He has had some trouble in the playoffs, but judging by the Dodgers 2017 run, many people feel that this could be their year to take the trophy back to Los Angeles.
5Can You Name This Pitcher?
For a few years there, this guy was all the rage in baseball, as indicated by him taking home back-to-back Cy Young Awards. He had one of the most unique pitching styles in baseball, and he was a huge reason why the San Francisco Giants dynasty of the 2010s came to be. The team won the World Series three times during this decade, and their pitching staff was instrumental in this. Unfortunately, his prime was short-lived and he quickly fell out of prominence.
6Can You Name This Pitcher?
If you don’t know who this man is just from the picture provided, then you most not watch a whole lot of baseball. For the last two seasons, this guy has been playing at an unprecedented level, taking home the grandest prize of them all two times in his career. He has been selected as an All-Star in each of the last two years, and he is a huge reason why people see the Cleveland Indians as a viable threat in the their division. Of course, they still have to deal with Houston and New York.
7Can You Name This Pitcher?
Remember when this guy was the most dominant pitcher in baseball? When he fully hit his stride in pinstripes, few people were able to contend with him and the Yankees, and he cemented himself as the best pitcher in the game. He has been selected as an All-Star 6 times in his incredible career, and the year that the Yankees lured him to the Bronx, they would go on to win the World Series. He may be getting older, but he is still a solid pitcher for New York.
8Can You Name This Pitcher?
Back when the Oakland A’s actually had a semblance of a good baseball team, their pitching staff boasted three incredible guys who were dominating the competition. Among those three men was the gentleman here who had one of the nastiest curveballs in all of baseball. Unfortunately, Oakland wasn’t able to win a World Series with these three incredible pitchers on their staff, and the team did what it does best and ripped it apart. Don’t worry; he would win a World Series with the Giants in 2012.
9Can You Name This Pitcher?
How happy do you think this player is for having gone to Houston last year? After the Astros won a World Series, this guy had to have been counting his blessings. He is a rare example of a pitcher who had such a dominant season that he also took home MVP as well back in his prime, and even now, he can take charge of a game and squash his opponents. He has put together an incredible career so far, and he is looking to win another ring this year.
10Can You Name This Pitcher?
The Yankees and Red Sox rivalry is among the most storied in sports, and when this man was pitching in Boston, these two teams had little issues with coming to blows when they competed against each other. Brawling aside, few pitchers during the era played at a higher level than this man, and he would be awarded the Cy Young three times in his career. He was a huge reason why Boston was finally able to break the curse and win the World Series.
11Can You Name This Pitcher?
It may have taken a few years for this guy to fully hit his stride in baseball, but once he did, he became on of the most dominant pitchers competing today. He has taken home the Cy Young three times in his career, including the last two seasons in a row. He isn’t just one of the best pitchers in baseball, he is one of the best players in baseball, and he is a mainstay in the All-Star Game. Needless to say, any team would pay an absurd amount of money for his services.
12Can You Name This Pitcher?
Having a good bullpen can go a long way in a team finding success, and the Dodgers were incredibly thankful that they had this man during the prime years of his career. He was far and away the most dominant closer in baseball over the course of several years, and he was talented enough to take home a Cy Young during this period. He had a distinct look that helped him become nationally recognized, and he would win a World Series in 2007.
13Can You Name This Pitcher?
Getting the chance to grow up and play ball for your hometown team is something that people dream of doing, and this pitcher got to live this fantasy while playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. During his illustrious career, he was one of the best pitchers in the game, and his accolades are nearly unrivalled by anyone else on this quiz. He was selected to the All-Star Game 7 times in his career, he won the Cy Young 3 times and he was awarded the World Series MVP twice.
14Can You Name This Pitcher?
From 1984 to 2000, this guy pitched for several teams during his time in the MLB, most notably for the two New York franchises. He was a World Series champion on three occasions, including his final year in baseball with the Yankees. The prime of his career was during his stellar run in the 1980s, and he took home the Cy Young in 1985, just one year after being named the NL Rookie of the Year. He has been inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame.
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Oh look, another dominant pitcher from the Atlanta Braves. When it came to coming up big, this man was always up to task, and he was one of the most popular players in Atlanta during his time with the team. He was selected as an All-Star a staggering 10 times during his career, and he took home the Cy Young twice. Unlike other men on this list, this player could rake with the best of them, and he would be awarded the Silver Slugger 4 times in his career.
16Can You Name This Pitcher?
From 2002 to 2011, this man was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, racking up wins and strikeouts like it was nobody’s business. He would be selected as an All-Star 8 times throughout his incredible career, and he would be awarded the Cy Young twice. There were few men during his era who were as naturally gifted as him, but he also put in the work needed to become one of the best pitchers in the game until his retirement in 2013.
17Can You Name This Pitcher?
From 1962 to 1983, this remarkable player pitched for an incredible 9 teams during his time in the MLB, and he spent several years being recognized as one of the best in the game. He was a 5-time All-Star selection, led the league in wins on 3 occasions and he was awarded the Cy Young twice. In 1991, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame where he rightfully belonged, and he had his legendary number 36 retired by the San Francisco Giants.
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Not only was this guy a remarkable pitcher during his time in baseball, but he also has one of the most interesting names of any player lucky enough to put on a uniform. In 1981, he set the baseball world on fire by taking home the CY Young and AL MVP after a tremendous campaign, and would help the A’s win the World Series 3 times in his career. He was a regular in the All-Star Game, and he has one of the coolest looking moustaches of all time.
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Allow us to introduce you to a player who is in the Red Sox Hall of Fame, the Baseball Hall of Fame and who has had his number retired by the Oakland A’s. He competed in the MLB from 1975 to 1998 while playing for 5 different teams. He was a 6-time All-Star who was selected in three separate decades. In 1992, he was awarded the Cy Young and the AL MVP after putting together a brilliant campaign. He is one of the best to ever do it, and that is without question.
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At the age of 44, this man is still holding it down in the MLB, and his likeable personality and big belly have helped make him even more popular now than he has ever been. He has been an All-Star 4 times in his career, and he brought home the Cy Young after leading the AL in wins in 2005. At the age of 42, he became the oldest player in MLB history to record their first home run, further adding to his unique and unlikely legacy in the sport of baseball.
21Can You Name This Pitcher?
This man represents someone who was named an All-Star 3 times in his career while playing with 3 different teams, making him one of the most valuable pitchers of his era. He played for several teams throughout his career and he managed to win his Cy Young while pitching for the Cleveland Indians. He had an incredible amount of success in the MLB, though he was never able to take home a World Series victory in his lengthy and successful career.
22Can You Name This Pitcher?
Having a good glove is an incredible asset for a pitcher, and this man has proven that he is capable of doing some damage while playing defense. He has been awarded the Gold Glove the last 4 years in a row, proving to everyone that he is nothing to be trifled with. When it comes to actually dishing out pitches, he has received a ton of praise and accolades. He was awarded the Cy Young back in 2009, and he has been named an All-Star 4 times.
23Can You Name This Pitcher?
It’s a shame that this man isn’t in the league anymore, because he was a truly special player when he was in his prime. He was talented enough to lead the AL in strikeouts and ERA three times in his career, and he was awarded the Cy Young twice. This player would be selected to the All-Star Game 4 times in his career, and he led the MLB in wins in 2006. He was also a solid defender, and he was awarded a Gold Glove in 2007.
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Considering that this man received just over 98% of the votes on his first ballot to enter the Hall of Fame, it goes without saying that he is one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball. For 12 years, he was selected as an All-Star, meaning that he spent over a decade of his career as one of the best players in baseball. He was awarded the Cy Young on three occasions in his career, he led the NL in wins three times and he lead the NL in ERA three times.
25Can You Name This Pitcher?
This pitcher came along at a time when Hispanic players weren’t nearly as prevalent in the MLB, and he was instrumental in the influx of Hispanic talent that we have seen over the years. He took the league by storm during the 1980s, and he was an inspiration to a number of young Hispanic men in the Los Angeles area during the prime of his career. He was awarded the Cy Young in his rookie season, and he has since been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
26Can You Name This Pitcher?
From 1983 to 2000, this man saw and did it all in the MLB, and he was consistently considered one of the best in the game during his career. Throughout his career, he was bestowed a number of the highest accolades in the MLB, each of which shows that he was an incredibly well rounded player. He won the World Series in 1988 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and he would go on to play professionally for three other teams in his career.
27Can You Name This Pitcher?
Finally, we have reached the third and final pitcher of that ridiculous Atlanta Braves pitching staff from the 1990s. This man was selected to the All-Star Game in three separate decades and 8 times in total while he played professionally. He led the NL in wins and strikeouts twice and he was awarded the Cy Young in 1996. Once he made the transition to closer, he continued to dominate his competition and completely revitalized his career. He is now in the Hall of Fame.
28Can You Name This Pitcher?
After making his debut in 2002, this player was able to put together a remarkable career that lasted until 2016. He played for several teams during his fantastic career, winning the World Series in back-to-back years with different teams. When he was in his prime, this man was incredible on the mound, and he was awarded the Cy Young in 2007. That was the same year that he led the MLB in ERA, the NL in strikeouts and the NL in wins.
29Can You Name This Pitcher?
Rare is it to see a man who has been awarded a Cy Young but who has never been selected to an All-Star Game, and this man is a prime example. In 2016, he led the AL in wins, was selected as the Comeback Player of the Year and was awarded the Cy Young. After that season, he has yet to reach the same altitude and still has yet to make an All-Star Game. Nevertheless, he remains an integral part of the Boston Red Sox team.
30Can You Name This Pitcher?
Now that the Houston Astros are World Series Champions, they are gearing up to head back and defend their title en route to starting a dynasty. For the last few years, this man has been a solid contributor to the team, and he has been considered among the best in baseball. In 2015 and 2017, he was selected to the All-Star Game. In 2015, after establishing himself as a bright talent, he was awarded the Cy Young while leading the AL in wins.
31Can You Name This Pitcher?
As a 5-time All-Star and a 2-time ERA leader, this man was a force of nature during the best years of his career. He had proven himself to be one of the best pitchers of baseball during the prime of his career, and while he may not be able to sling it like he used to, he is still a notable contributor to the Boston Red Sox. In 2012, he led the AL in wins en route to being awarded the Cy Young. His most recent All-Star selection came back in 2015.
32Can You Name This Pitcher?
All hail the king! At one point, there was no pitcher in baseball who was as talented or who was as feared as this man, and he was a mainstay in the All-Star Game. He has been an ERA leader twice in his career, and in 2009, he led the MLB in wins. Finally, after several incredible seasons, he was awarded the Cy Young in 2010, establishing himself as the man on the mound. He has spent his entire career playing with the Seattle Mariners.
33Can You Name This Pitcher?
He may have retired after the 2012 season, but fans who got to watch this guy during the prime of his career will tell you how feared a pitcher he was. He spent the first few years of his career playing in Toronto before heading down the St. Louis to take things to the next level. While playing for the Cardinals, he was selected to the All-Star Game 3 times, and he was awarded the Cy Young in 2005 after putting together an incredible season.
34Can You Name This Pitcher?
Each pitcher has a unique wind up and delivery that sets them apart from other pitchers in the league, but watching this man on the mound is something truly unique. He exploded onto the scene from seemingly out of nowhere to string together a remarkable campaign that saw him honored with a Cy Young. The following year, he was awarded a Gold Glove for his efforts on the defensive end, though his numbers have not reached the heights of his one brilliant year.
35Can You Name This Pitcher?
The Chicago Cubs turning things around and breaking their curse to finally win a World Series was heavily predicated on them putting together a fantastic pitching staff, and this guy in particular is a huge reason why. He has been pitching at an incredibly high level over the last few years, and he was awarded the Cy Young in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded the Silver Slugger, giving you a pretty good idea about how talented he is with a bat as well.