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On This Day In History | 1977

October 26, 2012
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Lyle in 1977

On this day 35 years ago Sparky Lyle became the first reliever to win the Cy Young Award.  He earned 40% of the vote, beating out Baltimore’s Jim Palmer by just 8 points.  Additionally, he finished 6th in the American League MVP voting.  He was the 3rd Yankee to win a pitcher’s highest honor behind Bob Turley (1958) and Whitey Ford (1961).

Lyle was especially brilliant during the Yanks’ run to the 1977 World Series.  In the ALCS vs. Kansas City he had a 2-0 record with a stingy 0.96 ERA.  In 9.1 innings of work he allowed just 7 hits and 1 earned run to help the Bombers dispatch the Royals in 5 games.  In the World Series vs. Los Angeles he was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and in 4.1 innings allowed just 2 hits and 1 run.

Lyle’s 1977 Season

13-5 | 2.17 ERA | 72 G | 26 SV | 137.0 IP | 131 H | 33 ER | 33 BB | 68 SO | 1.197 WHIP

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