Named after the winningest pitcher in MLB history, the award was originally given to the best pitcher in baseball.
Warren Spahn was the second pitcher to win the award in 1957, but was the first left-handed pitcher to accomplish the feat.
Four years later, Whitey Ford became the second lefty to win the award.
Sandy Koufax was the first pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards when he took home the award in 1963, 1965, and 1966.
Since then, only five other lefties have won multiple Cy Young Awards: Randy Johnson (5), Steve Carlton (4), Clayton Kershaw (3), Tom Glavine (2), and Johan Santana (2).
Unfortunately there are six left-handed Cy Young Award winners signatures that I'm currently missing and Johan Santana happens to be one of them. He has a few signatures out there, but I'm not ready to spend $20+ on an on-card signature. Maybe one day.
Some of these guys are a little easier to find than others, but I'm confident that I'll be able to eventually add them to the rest of these guys:
Mike Cuellar: 1969 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Vida Blue: 1971 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Randy Jones: 1976 NL Cy Young Award Winner
Sparky Lyle: 1977 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Ron Guidry: 1978 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Mike Flanagan: 1979 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Fernando Valenzuela: 1981 NL Cy Young Award Winner
Willie Hernandez: 1984 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Barry Zito: 2002 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Cliff Lee: 2008 AL Cy Young Award Winner
David Price: 2012 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Dallas Keuchel: 2015 AL Cy Young Award Winner
And the newest addition to my collection...
Blake Snell: 2018 AL Cy Young Award Winner
Okay, it's your turn to chime in...
Who will be the next southpaw to win the Cy Young Award?
Do you think it'll finally be Chris Sale? How about Kyle Freeland (who was gosh darn good at Coors Field)? Or maybe Kershaw and/or Snell will bring home another one?
I realize it's not very likely... but I'd love to see Madison Bumgarner (unless he's traded to the Yankees) bounce back and win the National League Cy Young Award at least once during his career.
By the way, if you're interested... I found a really cool website that's dedicated to left-handed baseball players. It has some pretty interesting stuff if that's your cup of tea.
Well... that's it for today. Only one more day and one step closer until the weekend.
Until then... happy Thursday and sayonara!