On November 17, 1971 — Vida Blue becomes the youngest player ever to win the MVP award. The 22 year-old A’s southpaw is only the fifth hurler to capture both the Cy Young Award and the MVP in the same season, joining Don Newcombe (1956 Dodgers), Sandy Koufax (1963 Dodgers), Bob Gibson (1968 Cardinals), and Denny McLain (1968 Tigers).

 

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Vida Blue

Don Newcombe 

Sandy Koufax

Bob Gibson

Denny McLain 

 

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Oakland A’s

 

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