1972 Rating -- 9 comment -- One of the games biggest stars.
He won three Cy Young Awards. In the strike-shortened 1981 season he was 14-2 but he lost a close vote to Fernando Valenzuela (13-7) who got off to a great start and threw eight shutouts. I'll need to look at how Fernando managed to lose seven games with his ERA in the 2s. Both players got eight first place votes for the Cy Young but Valenzuela prevailed 70-67.
Seaver also lost a Cy Young Award vote to Fergie Jenkins in 1971. Seaver's stats were superior but Jenkins was given the nod dealing with being at Wrigley Field known as hitter-friendly.
Did he get card #01 because someone though he deserved the Cy Young Award?