1993: Jack McDowell, American League Cy Young Award
In an era when wins were still king of the hill, Jack McDowell became just the third Chicago White Sox pitcher to win the Cy Young Award by going 22-10 in 34 starts (Only two no-decisions? Seriously?) as he led the Sox staff to the AL West title.
McDowell led the league with both his 22 wins and four shutouts, posting a 3.37 ERA and 1.286 WHIP in 256.2 innings. He completed 10 games, struck out 158 and walked 69 while allowing 20 home runs and for good measure was the winning pitcher in the All-Star Game. It was the last of his three consecutive All-Star appearances.
McDowell did not have that same level of success in the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays, as he was hit hard in both starts.
In Game 1 in Chicago, McDowell worked 6.2 innings while he was touched up for seven runs on 13 hits with two walks and four strikeouts and he also took the loss in Game 5, when he couldn’t get out of the third inning. He gave up three runs on five hits in 2.1 innings with three walks and a strikeout.
McDowell was a first-round pick out of Stanford by the White Sox in 1987 and he made his big-league debut that September. McDowell was with Chicago for seven years, going 91-58 with a 3.50 ERA in 1,343.2 innings. He was traded to the New York Yankees in December 1994 for a minor leaguer and a player to be named later.
He later pitched with the Cleveland Indians and Anaheim Angels before arm troubles ended his career after the 1999 season.