Superman Maddux wins 4th straight Cy Young
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.