Can You Identify These MLB Cy Young Award Winners From An Image?

By: Bambi Turner
Image: Keith Allison via Wiki Commons

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Do you think you can identify star pitchers like Jim Palmer or Sandy Koufax from a  single image? Can you tell the difference between MLB stars like Roger Clemens, Don Drysdale and Greg Maddux with just a single glance? Take this quiz to see if you can name the greatest pitchers who ever played the game of baseball!

Cy Young spent 22 seasons playing professional baseball between 1890 and 1911. He pitched for five different teams during that time, and set some pitching records during his career that are still standing over a century later.

When Young died in 1955, the MLB established an award in his honor. The first Cy Young award was given out in 1956 to honor the very best pitcher in the MLB that year. Starting in 1967, the MLB has issued two Cy Young awards annually -- one to a National League player and one to a member of the American League. While many players are some of the most recognizable members of their teams, it's not only stars that get this award; relief pitchers have won them, too.

Take this quiz to see how many Cy Young winners you can name using only a single image!

Roger Clemens earned a record seven Cy Young awards between 1986 and 2004. Nicknamed Rocket, Clemens spent 23 seasons pitching for four MLB teams, starting with the Red Sox and finishing his career with the Yankees. He also won two World Series championships.

Randy Johnson, nicknamed The Big Unit, won five Cy Young awards for his pitching talents between 1995 and 2002. The left--hander played on six different teams between 1988 and 2009, spending much of his career with the Mariners and Diamondbacks.

Steve Carlton picked up four Cy Young Awards between 1972 and 1982. The left-hander -- nicknamed Lefty -- played for six teams from the '60s through the '80s, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.

Greg Maddux won the Cy Young award four times while playing for six different MLB teams between 1986 and 2008. He started his career with the Cubs, then won a World Series in 1995 with the Braves.

Sandy Koufax won the Cy Young Award in 1963, 1965 and 1966. The left-handed pitcher played for the Dodgers his entire career, but was forced to retire at age 30 due to injury. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 at the age of 36.

Pedro Martinez won the Cy Young Award three times, in 1997, 1999 and 2000. While pitching for five MLB teams between 1992 and 2009, he was an eight time All-Star and won a World Series Championship with the Red Sox in 2004.

Jim Palmer spent 19 years pitching for the Baltimore Orioles between 1965 and 1984. During that time, he won three Cy Young Awards, in 1973, 1975 and 1976. Palmer was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

Tom Seaver, known as The Franchise, picked up three Cy Young Awards in 1969, 1973 and 1975. He played for four teams, including the Mets, between 1967 and 1986, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.

Left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw won Cy Young Awards in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He joined the Dodgers in 2008, and was the National League MVP in 2014.

Max Scherzer won the Cy Young award three times between 2013 and 2017. He started his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008, then spent four years with the Tigers before moving on to the Nationals in 2015. In 2017 and again in 2018, he famously pitched immaculate innings.

Bob Gibson won the Cy Young Award in 1968 and again in 1970. He spent his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals, and won two World Series championships with the team. Gibson was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1981.

Tom Glavine won the Cy Young Award twice, in 1991 and again in 1998. He played for the Braves from 1987 to 2002, then spent some time with the Mets before returning to the Braves to finish his career. He not only won the World Series as part of the Braves in 1995, but was also named the MVP.

Known by his nickname Doc Holliday, Roy Halladay played for the Blue Jays from 1998 to 2009, then moved on to pitch for the Phillies. He won the Cy Young Award in 2003, then won another one after he pitched the 20th perfect game in MLB history in 2010.

Corey Kluber joined the Indians in 2011, and soon picked up two Cy Young Awards in 2014 and 2017. He was also the ERA leader in 2017 for the American League.

Tim Lincecum pitched for the Giants from 2007 to 2015 before moving to the Angels. He won three World Series, as well as the Babe Ruth Award in 2010. Lincecum won the Cy Young Award twice, in 2008 and 2009.

Denny McLain spent 10 seasons in the MLB, playing for the Tigers and the Braves, and earning himself the Cy Young Award in 1968 and 1969. He is infamous among baseball fans for ending up in prison for embezzlement and activities tied to organized crime.

Gaylord Perry pitched for eight MLB teams between 1962 and 1983, including the Giants, Indians and Padres. He picked up two Cy Young Awards in 1972 and 1978, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

Bret Saberhagen won two Cy Young Awards, one in 1985 and the other in 1989. He played for the Royals, with which he won a World Series in 1985, from 1984 to 1991. Saberhagen later played for teams that included the Mets, Rockies and Red Sox.

Johan Santana won two Cy Young Awards while playing for the Twins, one in 2004 and the second in 2006. He left the Twins in 2007 and moved to the Mets, where he threw the only no-hitter in Mets history in a game against the Cardinals in 2012.

Don Newcombe was the first Cy Young Award winner -- no easy feat for an African-American player in 1956. Newcombe started his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949, and finished it with the Cleveland Indians in 1960.

Rick Porcello played for the Tigers from 2009 to 2014 before moving to the Red Sox. He won the Cy Young Award for his pitching prowess in 2016 -- the same year he was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year.

Dallas Keuchel joined the Astros in 2012, and won the Cy Young Award in 2015. In 2017, he won the World Series Championship as part of the Astros, and is a two-time All-Star as of 2018.

Mike McCormick spent 16 seasons in the MLB, playing with the Giants from 1956 to 1962, then moving to the Royals later in his career. The four-time All-Star picked up the Cy Young Award while a member of the Giants in 1967.

David Price played for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008 to 2014 before moving to teams that included the Tigers and Red Sox. The five-time All-Star won the Cy Young Award for pitching in 2012 while he was still part of the Rays.

Don Drysdale spent his entire MLB career with the Dodgers. He won the Cy Young Award in 1962 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984. He later became a radio and TV announcer for the sport.

Jake Arrieta played for the Baltimore Orioles from 2010 to 2013 before moving to the Cubs in 2013 and the Phillies in 2018. He was part of the 2016 World Series championship team, and won the Cy Young Award in 2015.

Jake Peavy played for the Padres from 2002 to 2009, winning a Cy Young Award in 2007. He later moved to the White Sox, Red Sox and Giants, and was part of two World Series championship teams in 2013 and 2014.

Orel Hershiser spent 18 seasons in the MLB from 1983 to 2000. It was while playing for the Dodgers in 1988 that he not only won the Cy Young Award, but was also part of a championship World Series team.

John Denny started his MLB career with the Cardinals in 1974 and finished it with the Reds in 1986. He was the 1976 National League ERA Leader, and won the Cy Young Award in 1983.

Bob Welch started his career with the Dodgers in 1989, and moved to the Oakland A's in 1988. Two years later in 1990, he won the Cy Young Award. He was also part of three World Series championship teams, in 1981, 1989 and 2001.

Felix Hernandez joined the Seattle Mariners in 2005, and won the Cy Young Award in 2010. Born in Venezuela, Hernandez made headlines when he pitched a perfect game in 2012.

Chris Carpenter spent 15 seasons in the MLB between 1997 and 2012. He won a Cy Young Award while with the Blue Jays in 2005, and was part of two World Series championship teams, in 2006 and 2011.

Zack Greinke joined the Kansas City Royals in 2004, and won the Cy Young Award in 2009. The four-time All-Star also won four Golden Glove Awards throughout his pitching career.

Rick Sutcliffe, nicknamed the Red Baron, won a Cy Young Award while pitching for the Cubs in 1984. The three-time All-Star later became an announcer for ESPN.

Clif Lee played for the Indians from 2002 to 2009, earning himself a Cy Young Award in 2008, the same year he was named American League Comeback Player of the Year. The four-time All-Star later pitched for other teams including the Phillies, Mariners and Rangers.

Brandon Webb played for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2003 to 2009 before retiring early due to a shoulder injury. Webb was a three-time All-Star and won the 2006 Cy Young Award for his pitching prowess.

Dwight Gooden, known by the nickname Dr. K, won the Cy Young Award while part of the Mets in 1985. His 16 seasons in the MLB included stints with the Yankees, Indians and Astros. He was named National League Rookie of the Year in 1984.

Left-handed pitcher Sparky Lyle won the Cy Young Award in 1977 while playing for the Yankees. He was part of two World Series championship teams, in 1977 and again in 1978.

Dean Chance spent 11 seasons in the Major Leagues playing for the California Angels. He was the youngest pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award when he earned the prize in 1964. Chance is remembered for his unique pitching style, which included turning his back almost completely to the hitter during his windup.

Frank Viola won the Cy Young Award in 1988 while playing for the Minnesota Twins. The three-time All-Star left the Twins the next year and spent time pitching for the Mets, Red Sox, Reds and Blue Jays.

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