I don’t think anyone is particularly surprised that the AL Cy Young has just been awarded to C.C. Sabathia. The voting was concluded before his postseason meltdown (and before runner-up Josh Beckett’s postseason kickassery). I am much more surprised that it’s the Indians’ second Cy Young win ever, with the first going to Hall of Famer (and famous spitballer) Gaylord Perry in ’72. What, no love for Bob Feller or Bob Lemon? As it turns out, the Cy Young award wasn’t invented until 1956, when Cleveland’s best one-two punch prior to Sabathia-Carmona was aging ungracefully.

Nonetheless, this is a storied franchise that has fielded the likes of Cy Young himself, Napoleon Lajoie, Addie Joss, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Tris Speaker, Lou Boudreau, Mel Harder, Joe Sewell, Satchel Paige (who was, by then, quite old), fan favorite Rocky Colavito, Roger Maris, Luis Tiant, Bert Blyleven, Andre Thornton, Sandy Alomar Jr., Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Kenny Lofton (every now and then), Orel Hershiser, Charles Nagy, Bartolo Colon (in the glory days), and Omar Vizquel. Phew! You would have thought at least one or two of the dominant pitchers on that list would have snagged a Cy somewhere in that lengthy history.

Which brings me to the trivia part of this post: the Cleveland Indians are one of just four founding teams of the American League to have played their entire history in one city. Can you name the other three?

5 Responses to “Cy C. Sabathia (and trivia)”

  1. Coley Ward says:

    New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox?

  2. Sarah Green says:

    Well that was fast. Obviously I have yet to find the sweet spot for trivia—either it is way too hard, or way too easy. Yes, it’s Boston, Chicago, and Detroit. The Yankees are but young interloping whippersnappers!

  3. Nick Kapur says:

    Yes, I find it to be an endless source of mild amusement that the fabled New York Yankees began life as…

    The Baltimore Orioles

  4. And also somewhat amusing is that out of all of these teams, the only one to have kept their original name is the Detroit Tigers. I mean, what was wrong with the “White Stockings”? We couldn’t keep this?

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