Sporcle Saturday: Cy Young finishes

White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease
(Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports)

Good morning!

In what seemed to be merely a formality, Justin Verlander won the Cy Young this year with Dylan Cease finishing a distant second. While Dale Earnhardt may think that Dylan Cease is merely the first place loser, White Sox fans will happily take runner-up to a future Hall of Famer, given where he was at the end of 2020:

What a disaster. Cease’s command was a mess from start-to-finish, and while the stuff can be eye-popping at times, his issues with gyroscopic spin raise questions as to how it would play even if he had a clue where the ball was going. Cease made all 12 of his scheduled starts this season but didn’t manage to pitch enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. That FIP mark was the worst of any pitcher to throw at least 58 innings, with a mile between Cease and Matthew Boyd‘s Tim-Anderson-induced 5.78 mark. Had Cease been a more established pitcher, I might have placed more weight on the 4.01 ERA, which stemmed from his ability to get hitters to magically slap into double-plays (he’s not a ground ball pitcher) to get him out of trouble, and the fluky .193 batting average he allowed with men on base. Instead, he’s being primarily evaluated with his progress towards a long-term role. Right now, he looks a lot more like the guy the Sox were (rightfully) afraid to use in any meaningful postseason situation than a 4.00 ERA pitcher.

Instead of being sad that it’s over, let’s be happy it happened at all! To celebrate, let’s have ourselves a Sporcle. This week, I’m asking you to identify the 26 unique pitchers throughout White Sox history who have garnered at least one Cy Young vote since its inception in 1956. In all there are 37 entries: how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the year and the place the pitcher finished in voting.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:

  • The longest drought between votes is from 1959-1967.
  • The most consecutive seasons to appear in Cy Young voting is 4, from 2012-2015.
  • If a White Sox pitcher doesn’t win the award next season, that will mark 30 years since the last first-place finish.

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37/37 with 7:19 left. Interesting mix of relievers peppered throughout, and I did not know that

the most famous relief season in team history did not get as much recognition from the writers as I would have guessed.
Roberto Hernandez got more votes in 1996 than Bobby Thigpen did for his record-breaking 1990

The longest drought between votes is from 1959-1967.

A period with some terrific Sox pitchers!


There was only 1 Cy Young awarded for both leagues through 1966, so that would count for most of it. And ballots only went 1 deep. So with Koufax, Marichal, and company filling spots it didn’t leave much room for Peters and Pizzaro.

Joliet Orange Sox

I typed in Pizzaro spelled correctly and then tried with one z thinking he had to have gotten votes but your explanation clears that up.

z should be zz and zz should be z. His 63/64 seasons would’ve gotten some votes under the current rules.


37/37 with 7:50 left. I too am surprised that the all-time single season save record breaker did not finish in the top 10 in saves.

Trooper Galactus

Amazing how quickly people forget who got CYA votes in 2020

Jim Margalus

He was the last blank I filled in.

Trooper Galactus

Woulda been nice if they actually made an effort to win the one year he was good.