This Day In Sports History (November 18th) – Dwight Gooden & Bret Saberhagen
It was on this day in 1985 that Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets and Bret Saberhagen of the Kansas City Royals were named as Cy Young winners. Both men became the youngest players to win the award in their respective leagues.
Dwight “Doc” Gooden was a unanimous choice as the National League Cy Young Award winner as he received all 24 first place votes. He led the Majors in several major statistical categories, including wins with 24, strikeouts with 268 and Earned Run Average with a minuscule 1.53, giving him the pitching triple crown. His 16 complete games and 276.2 innings pitched were also league highs. Gooden turned 21-years-old two days prior to being named the Cy Young winner.
Bret Saberhagen received 23 out of a possible 28 first place votes, as his season was not as dominant as Gooden’s. He did reach the 20 win mark to go along with his 2.87 ERA and 158 strikeouts. Saberhagen was in his second year and turned 21-years-old one week into the season.
Here is Gooden teaching us his famous curveball.
Warren Moon, NFL – Born November 18th 1956 (age 57) in Los Angeles, California
Gary Sheffield, MLB – Born November 18th 1968 (age 45) in Tampa, Florida
Sam Cassell, NBA – Born November 18th 1969 (age 44) in Baltimore, Maryland