Superman Maddux wins 4th straight Cy Young

Updated: November 10, 2005, 9:54 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Nov. 13, 1995

With his glasses, Greg Maddux may look like Clark Kent, but on the pitcher's mound he performs like Superman. Today, the Atlanta Braves' right-hander becomes the first to win four consecutive Cy Young awards and just the second (Sandy Koufax is the other) to be selected unanimously in back-to-back seasons by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

In going 19-2 in the strike-shortened season, the 29-year-old Maddux tied for the Major League lead in victories with Baltimore's Mike Mussina and became the first pitcher in history to post a .900 winning percentage (.905) with more than 20 decisions. He walked just 23 batters in 209 and two-thirds innings, an average of 0.99 walks per nine innings, best in the majors. In one 51-inning stretch, he didn't issue a walk. Maddux's ERAs of 1.63 this year and 1.56 last season enabled him to be the first pitcher since Walter Johnson (1918-19) to have an ERA of less than 1.80 in consecutive years. His 1.63 ERA is an amazing 2.58 better than the rest of the National League pitchers, who posted a 4.21 mark.

In his four Cy Young seasons - one with the Chicago Cubs and three with the Braves - Maddux had a 1.98 ERA.