Today in Tribe History: November 13, 2007 & 2008

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

C.C. Sabathia wins the 2007 American League Cy Young Award after posting a 19-7 record, a 3.21 ERA and logging 209 strikeouts. He beats out Boston’s Josh Beckett to win the award. Sabathia is the first African-American Cy Young Award winner since Dwight Gooden in 1985 and the first African-American winner in the American League since Vida Blue in 1971. He also becomes the first Cleveland pitcher to win the award since Gaylord Perry won it in 1972. In 2008 the Tribe make it back-to-back as Cliff Lee wins the award, taking 24 of 28 first-place votes. Lee went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA for the Cleveland Indians. He led the league in ERA and wins.

Photo: Associated Press

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