Unanimous Once, Never Considered Again

While doing research for the “World Series Preview“, we discovered (thanks to some helpful friends of the VORG) that Jake Peavy was the ONLY unanimous winner of a Cy Young Award to never receive at least one vote in any other year. The Award has been bestowed unanimously 22 times, to 16 different hurlers. Every other hurler aside from the Giants’ Game 6 starter secured at least one vote in another season.

NAME UNANIMOUS OTHER VOTE YEARS
Bob Gibson 1968 1970, 1971, 1972
Denny McLain 1968 1969
Dwight Gooden 1985 1984, 1986, 1987, 1990
Greg Maddux 1994, 1995 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000
Jake Peavy 2007 ———
Johan Santana 2004, 2006 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008
Justin Verlander 2011 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Orel Hershiser 1988 1985, 1987, 1989
Pedro Martinez 1999, 2000 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004
Randy Johnson 2002 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004
Rick Sutcliffe 1984 1982, 1987
Roger Clemens 1986, 1998 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005
Ron Guidry 1978 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985
Roy Halladay 2010 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
Sandy Koufax 1963, 1965, 1966 1964
Steve Carlton 1972 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982
(*) – won Award that season

On the Most Valuable Player side, Ken Caminiti is the only unanimous MVP winner (out of 16) to not receive another vote in any other year.

NAME UNANIMOUS OTHER VOTE YEARS (*)
Al Rosen 1953 1950, 1952, 1954
Albert Pujols 2009 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
Barry Bonds 2002 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
Carl Hubbell 1936 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1941
Denny McLain 1968 1966, 1969
Frank Robinson 1966 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973
Frank Thomas 1993 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007
Hank Greenberg 1935 1934, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1946
Jeff Bagwell 1994 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
Jose Canseco 1988 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994
Ken Caminiti 1996 ———
Ken Griffey, Jr. 1997 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2005
Mickey Mantle 1956 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966
Mike Schmidt 1980 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987
Orlando Cepeda 1967 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1969, 1973
Reggie Jackson 1973 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982
(*) – won Award that season

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