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Trevor Bauer, the First Reds Cy Young Award Winner (and Other Great Reds Pitchers)!


Finally! After five second place finishes, a Cincinnati Red pitcher has won the Cy Young Award! Trevor Bauer was announced earlier this week as the 2020 NL recipient of the prestigious award!

With a 5-4 record in the Covid-shortened season, Bauer led the National League in ERA (1.73) and WHIP (0.79), and his 100 strikeouts were just four off Yu Darvish's NL-leading total.

2020 Topps card #CIN-8.

The five Cy Young second place finishers were previously discussed here.
1981 Donruss card #425.
In the strike-shortened 1981 season, the then future Hall of Famer had a 14-2 won-loss record (.875%) and a 2.54 ERA finishing second to Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the CYA.

1983 Donruss card #248.
In 1983, with a 17-13 W-L record and a 2.70 ERA, Soto finished second to the Philadelphia Phillies’ John Denny.
1988 Topps card #55T.
In 1988, with a 23-8 W-L record and a 2.73 ERA, Jackson finished second to Orel Hershiser of the Dodgers and his 59 consecutive scoreless innings pitched record season.

1996 Topps card #112.
In 1995, with an 18-7 W-L record and a 3.22 ERA, Pete Schourek finished second to Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves.  

2013 Topps card #196.
In 2014, with a 20-9 W-L record and a 2.25 ERA, Cueto finished second to Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. (sheesh - another Dodger!)

Old time Reds greats pitchers!
1982 Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame card #47.
Noodles Hahn had a 127-92 record in 7 seasons with the Reds starting in 1899. "Noodles" - hahaha! 

1961 Fleer card #71.
This set is one of my favorites. I'm not a set collector, but when I have that urge, this set is on the top of my list. The Hall of Famer won 179 of his 266 lifetime wins (from 1912 to 1933) with the Reds. Rixey was best known as the National League's leader in career victories for a left-hander with until Warren Spahn surpassed his total in 1959. 

1988 Pacific card #90.
Luque was 154-152 in his 12 years with the Reds starting in 1918. His best season was 1923 when he went 27-8 with a 1.93 ERA.

1978 Grand Slam card #192.
Donohue had a 127-110 record in 10 seasons with the Reds starting in 1921. His best season was 1962 when he went 23-5 with a 2.81 ERA.

Ewell "The Whip" Blackwell, 1950 Bowman card #63.
Starting 1942, and missing the '43 - '45 seasons while serving in the military (thank you), Blackwell had a 79-77 won loss record in 8 years with the Reds. He also came in 2nd in the 1942 MVP voting (22-8 record and a 2.47 ERA) and had 6 All-Star selections. 

1961 Fleer card #20.
Starting in 1933, the 6 time All-Star had a 161-150 won loss record in 10 seasons with the Reds. His best season was 1939 when he went 25-7 with a 2.93 ERA.

1977 TCMA card #7.
Starting with the Reds in 1938, the 1939 NL MVP and 6 time All-Star had a 160-107 won loss record in his 11 seasons with the Reds. His best season was 1939 when he went 27-11 with a 2.29 ERA.

Even with the great seasons from Derringer and Walters in '39, the Reds lost the World Series to the Yankees in four games. Alas, they redeemed themselves by beating the Tigers in seven games in the 1940 series!  

1958 Topps card #311.
Starting with the Reds in 1958, the 5 time All-Star had a 103-76 won loss record in his 7 seasons with the Reds. Purkey's best season with the Reds was 1962 when the knuckleballer went 23-5 with a 2.81 ERA.

1965 Topps card #174.
In six seasons with the Reds starting in 1961, Jay had a 75-63 W-L record.

1961 Topps card #436.
Starting in 1960, Maloney had a 134-81 won-loss record in 11 seasons with the Reds. His best season was 1963 when he went 23-7 with a 2.77 ERA.

T-talkin bout my g-generation...

1970 Kellogg's card #53 of 79.
Starting in 1967, Gary Nolan had a 110-70 won-loss record in 10 seasons with the Reds. His best season was 1970 when he went 18-7 with a 3.27 ERA.

1975 Hostess card #107. Hoho's have always been my favorite Hostess product.
Starting in 1970, Don Gullett had a 91-44 won-loss record in 7 seasons with the Reds. His .674 W-L percentage is the best in Reds history.

1989 Score card #658.
Starting in 1981, Tom Browning had a 123-88 won-loss record in 11 seasons with the Reds. Browning, a Malone, NY and LeMoyne College product, is one of only 23 pitchers in MLB history to throw a perfect game.

1991 Leaf Donruss card #742.
Starting in 1988, and missing five full seasons due to injury/retirement, Jose Rijo had a 97-61 won-loss record in 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. Rijo was the MVP of the 1990 World Series when the Reds swept the heavily favored Oakland Athletics. Neither team has reached the World Series since.

Congratulations to Trevor Bauer for becoming the first Reds pitcher to win the Cy Young Award!

Stay safe everyone,
CinciCuse Bill


  1. I didn't realize the Reds had so many second-place Cy Young finishers but I knew their starting pitching was not as great as you'd expect for a 150 year-old franchise. My man Noodles has almost no cards, and I have to find something of his for my All-Time Teams collection.

    Also, I know the circumstances are different, but compare Bauer's numbers this year to Rob Dibble's in 1990.

    1. For sure their pitching history has been weak. The Noodles card I've shown is the only one I can locate that I can afford. Would love to hear about your All-Time Teams collection!

      I compared their stats as you suggested, but I'm not sure what stands out.

  2. Congratulations! Very happy for Bauer and Reds fans. That was one heck of a season for him and Bieber. Loved seeing this great list of Red pitchers all in one post. Great job.

  3. Thanks Fuji. It was fun putting that together. It would take more effort, but I may do that for some other teams.

    PS. I like your new favorite number!


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