Cleveland Indians release former NL standout pitcher Don Newcombe, ending his major league career. A one-time hard thrower, Newcombe won the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards while with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He won 153 MLB games, 4 of them as a teenager with the Newark Eagles.
Boston Red Sox pitching ace Jim Lonborg undergoes surgery on his left knee, four days after a skiing accident. Lonborg, who won a career-high 22 games in the “Impossible Dream” season, will never fully regain his pitching form.
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander is the unanimous winner of the 2011 AL Cy Young Award. Verlander won the Pitching Triple Crown by leading the AL in wins with a 24-5 record, in ERA at 2.40 and in strikeouts with 250. He threw his second career no-hitter on May 7th.
The San Diego Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin and an estimated $125,000 in cash to the Texas Rangers for aging pitcher Gaylord Perry. Perry will win the N.L. Cy Young Award with San Diego in 1978, going 21-6 and posting a 2.73 ERA
Warren Spahn of the World Champion Milwaukee Braves wins the Cy Young Award as MLB’s top pitcher almost unanimously. The only competition for the 21-game winner is White Sox hurler Dick Donovan, who receives one vote.
Bret Saberhagen of the Royals becomes the fourth pitcher ever to win the American League Cy Young Award twice, getting 27 of a possible 28 first-place votes for his 23-6, 2.16 ERA season. He also won the award in the Royals World Championship season of 1985.
With only one Cy Young Award given for the two leagues, Whitey Ford of the Yankees, the American League leader in wins (25) and innings (283), gets the honor ahead of Warren Spahn of the Braves, who led the National League with 21 wins and a 3.02 ERA.