Vida Blue After appearing in just 18 games during brief stints with the Oakland Athletics in 1969 and 1970, Blue suddenly became the ace of the team's pitching staff in 1971, compiling a 24-8 record and leading the AL with 8 shutouts and a 1.82 ERA. He won the CY Young Award and was named the league's most valuable player for that performance. He had a 209-161 record in 17 seasons, with 37 shutouts and a 3.28 ERA. Blue struck out 2,175 hitters and walked 1,185 in 3,343 innings.
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