On November 8, 1961 — With only one Cy Young Award given for the two leagues, Whitey Ford, the American League leader in wins (25) and innings pitched (283), wins the honor ahead of Warren Spahn, who led the National League in wins (21) and ERA (3.02). In one of the closest votes in Award history, future Hall of Famers Ford and Spahn total nine and six points respectively.
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