Ron Guidry had one of the most dominating seasons in the history of the Major Leagues in 1978. A 25-3 win/loss record paired with a 1.74 pushed Guidry to the Cy Young Award. He was runner-up to Boston’s Jim Rice in MVP voting. “Gator” led the Major Leagues in wins, winning percen
Ron Guidry had one of the most dominating seasons in the history of the Major Leagues in 1978. A 25-3 win/loss record paired with a 1.74 pushed Guidry to the Cy Young Award. He was runner-up to Boston’s Jim Rice in MVP voting.
“Gator” led the Major Leagues in wins, winning percentage, ERA, WHIP, and hits/9 innings. To cap it off the Yankees won their second straight World Series title behind their Cy Young hurler.
Many believe his career warrants a plaque in Cooperstown. He has the hardware. The two-time World Series champion appeared in four All Star games and has five Gold Glove Awards. The Cy Young Award winner was also named the 1984 Roberto Clemente Award recipient.
The main knock against his Cooperstown candidacy is the brevity of his career. Guidry has only 9 seasons of 25 or more starts. His career win total of 170 and his 3.29 lifetime ERA fall short of the generally accepted standards for induction.
Guidry was enshrined at Monument Park in 2003
Powered in large part by his incredible 1978 season, Ron Guidry earned a lasting place in Yankee lore. Shown here is a photo taken on “Ron Guidry Day”, August 23, 2003. That afternoon the Yankees retired his #49 and dedicated a plaque honoring Guidry at Monument Park in Yankee Stadium. T
Is Guidry worthy of the baseball Hall of Fame? He certainly has some strong credentials: Two World Series rings, four All Star appearances, and a Cy Young Award.
Guidry appeared on the writers’ ballot starting in 1994 never gaining 10% of the vote before slipping off the ballot with 4.9% in 2002. Whether he makes it or not, Ron Guidry will forever be remembered as one of the dominant pitchers of his era.