Starting Pitcher of the Year Award by the Sporting News

Pitcher of the Year Award by the Sporting News

The Sporting News is nothing short of the most respected and legendary magazine / newspaper in sports history. Their coverage of baseball has no rival and they are simply the most respected source of baseball statistics anywhere.

Listed below in chronological order are the pitchers chosen by The Sporting News as recipients of the Pitcher of the Year Award, renamed in 2013 to the Starting Pitcher of the Year Award, to make way for their newly created Relief Pitcher of the Year Award.

" Hal Newhouser (two-time [1944 & 1945] recipient of The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award) was the greatest pitcher I ever played behind." - Hall of Famer George Kell in We played the game: 65 players remember baseball's greatest era (Danny Peary, Hyperion Publishing, 05-1995, Page 46)
Pitcher of the Year Award

by The Sporting News ©

Year A.L. Names (Quantity) Team Year N.L. Names (Quantity) Team
1944

Hal Newhouser (1)

Detroit

1944

Bill Voiselle (1)

New York

1945

Hal Newhouser (2)

Detroit

1945

Hank Borowy (1)

Chicago

1946

No Selection

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1946

No Selection

-

1947

No Selection

-

1947

No Selection

-

1948

Bob Lemon (1)

Cleveland

1948

Johnny Sain (1)

Boston

1949

Ellis Kinder (1)

Boston

1949

Howie Pollet (1)

St. Louis

1950

Bob Lemon (2)

Cleveland

1950

Jim Konstanty (1)

Philadelphia

1951

Bob Feller (1)

Cleveland

1951

Preacher Roe (1)

Brooklyn

1952

Bobby Shantz (1)

Philadelphia

1952

Robin Roberts (1)

Philadelphia

1953

Bob Porterfield (1)

Washington

1953

Warren Spahn (1)

Milwaukee

1954

Bob Lemon (3)

Cleveland

1954

Johnny Antonelli (1)

New York

1955

Whitey Ford (1)

New York

1955

Robin Roberts (2)

Philadelphia

1956

Billy Pierce (1)

Chicago

1956

Don Newcombe (1)

Brooklyn

1957

Billy Pierce (2)

Chicago

1957

Warren Spahn (2)

Milwaukee

1958

Bob Turley (1)

New York

1958

Warren Spahn (3)

Milwaukee

1959

Early Wynn (1)

Chicago

1959

Sam Jones (1)

San Francisco

1960

Chuck Estrada (1)

Baltimore

1960

Vern Law (1)

Pittsburgh

1961

Whitey Ford (2)

New York

1961

Warren Spahn (4)

Milwaukee

1962

Dick Donovan (1)

Cleveland

1962

Don Drysdale (1)

Los Angeles

1963

Whitey Ford (3)

New York

1963

Sandy Koufax (1)

Los Angeles

1964

Dean Chance (1)

Los Angeles

1964

Sandy Koufax (2)

Los Angeles

1965

Mudcat Grant (1)

Minnesota

1965

Sandy Koufax (3)

Los Angeles

1966

Jim Kaat (1)

Minnesota

1966

Sandy Koufax (4)

Los Angeles

1967

Jim Lonborg (1)

Boston

1967

Mike McCormick (1)

San Francisco

1968

Denny McLain (1)

Detroit

1968

Bob Gibson (1)

St. Louis

1969

Denny McLain (2)

Detroit

1969

Tom Seaver (1)

New York

1970

Sam McDowell (1)

Cleveland

1970

Bob Gibson (1)

St. Louis

1971

Vida Blue (1)

Oakland

1971

Fergie Jenkins (1)

Chicago

1972

Wilbur Wood (1)

Chicago

1972

Steve Carlton (1)

Philadelphia

1973

Jim Palmer (1)

Baltimore

1973

Ron Bryant (1)

San Francisco

1974

Catfish Hunter (1)

Oakland

1974

Mike Marshall (1)

Los Angeles

1975

Jim Palmer (2)

Baltimore

1975

Tom Seaver (2)

New York

1976

Jim Palmer (3)

Baltimore

1976

Randy Jones (1)

San Diego

1977

Nolan Ryan (1)

California

1977

Steve Carlton (2)

Philadelphia

1978

Ron Guidry (1)

New York

1978

Vida Blue (2)

San Francisco

1979

Mike Flanagan (1)

Baltimore

1979

Joe Niekro (1)

Houston

1980

Steve Stone (1)

Baltimore

1980

Steve Carlton (3)

Philadelphia

1981

Jack Morris (1)

Detroit

1981

Fernando Valenzuela (1)

Los Angeles

1982

Dave Stieb (1)

Toronto

1982

Steve Carlton (4)

Philadelphia

1983

La Marr Hoyt (1)

Chicago

1983

John Denny (1)

Philadelphia

1984

Willie Hernandez (1)

Detroit

1984

Rick Sutcliffe (1)

Chicago

1985

Bret Saberhagen (1)

Kansas City

1985

Dwight Gooden (1)

New York

1986

Roger Clemens (1)

Boston

1986

Mike Scott (1)

Houston

1987

Jimmy Key (1)

Toronto

1987

Rick Sutcliffe (2)

Chicago

1988

Frank Viola (1)

Minnesota

1988

Orel Hershiser (1)

Los Angeles

1989

Bret Saberhagen (2)

Kansas City

1989

Mark Davis (1)

San Diego

1990

Bob Welch (1)

Oakland

1990

Doug Drabek (1)

Pittsburgh

1991

Roger Clemens (2)

Boston

1991

Tom Glavine (1)

Atlanta

1992

Dennis Eckersley (1)

Oakland

1992

Greg Maddux (1)

Atlanta

1993

Jack McDowell (1)

Chicago

1993

Greg Maddux (2)

Atlanta

1994

Jimmy Key (2)

New York

1994

Greg Maddux (3)

Atlanta

1995

Randy Johnson (1)

Seattle

1995

Greg Maddux (4)

Atlanta

1996

Pat Hentgen (1)

Toronto

1996

John Smoltz (1)

Atlanta

1997

Roger Clemens (3)

Toronto

1997

Pedro Martinez (1)

Montreal

1998

Roger Clemens (4)

Toronto

1998

Kevin Brown (1)

San Diego

1999

Pedro Martinez (2)

Boston

1999

Mike Hampton (1)

Houston

2000

Pedro Martinez (3)

Boston

2000

Tom Glavine (2)

Atlanta

2001

Roger Clemens (5)

New York

2001

Curt Schilling (1)

Arizona

2002

Barry Zito (1)

Oakland

2002

Curt Schilling (2)

Arizona

2003

Roy Halladay (1)

Toronto

2003

Eric Gagne (1)

Los Angeles

2004

Johan Santana (1)

Minnesota

2004

Jason Schmidt (1)

San Francisco

2005

Bartolo Colon (1)

Los Angeles

2005

Chris Carpenter (1)

St. Louis

2006

Johan Santana (2)

Minnesota

2006

Chris Carpenter (2)

St. Louis

2007

C.C. Sabathia (1)

Cleveland

2007

Jake Peavy (1)

San Diego

2008

Cliff Lee (1)

Cleveland

2008

Tim Lincecum (1)

San Francisco

2009

Zack Greinke (1)

Kansas City

2009

Tim Lincecum (2)

San Francisco

2010 Felix Hernandez (1) Seattle 2010 Roy Halladay (2) Philadelphia
2011 Justin Verlander (1) Detroit 2011 Clayton Kershaw (1) Los Angeles
2012 David Price (1) Tampa Bay 2012 R.A. Dickey (1) New York
Justin Verlander (2) Detroit
Year A.L. Names (Quantity) Team Year A.L. Names (Quantity) Team
Starting Pitcher of the Year Award

by The Sporting News ©

Year A.L. Names (Quantity) Team Year A.L. Names (Quantity) Team
2013 Max Scherzer (1) Detroit 2013 Clayton Kershaw (2) Los Angeles
2014 Felix Hernandez (2) Seattle 2014 Clayton Kershaw (3) Los Angeles
2015 Dallas Keuchel (1) Houston 2015 Zack Greinke (2) Los Angeles
2016 Corey Kluber (1) Cleveland 2016 Max Scherzer (2) Washington
2017 Chris Sale (1) Boston 2017 Max Scherzer (3) Washington
2018 Chris Sale (2) Boston 2018 Jacob deGrom (1) New York

2019

Not Yet Announced (10-2019)

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2019

Not Yet Announced (10-2019)

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Team

Starting Pitcher of the Year Award / Pitcher of the Year Award by The Sporting News



The American League recipient, during their award winning season, with the most wins was Denny McLain who won thirty-one games, the recipient with the most saves was Eric Gagne with fifty-five, and the recipient with the best earned run average was Dean Chance with 1.65.
The National League recipient, during their award winning season, with the most wins was Steve Carlton / Sandy Koufax who each won twenty-seven games, the recipient with the most saves was Mark Davis with forty-four, and the recipient with the best earned run average was Bob Gibson with 1.12.
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