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Curt Schilling: Second To Young

Curt Schilling is only major league pitcher to finish second in the Cy Young Award voting three times without winning it.

Curt Schilling: Second To Young

Philadelphia Phillies Curt Schilling pitcher delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates en route to his 61st career complete game in the Phillies 4-1 win in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 23, 2000. Schilling began to clear out his locker Tuesday, July 25, 2000 amidst trade rumors involving the Phillies right-hander. Schilling, the subject of trade talks much of the season, has given Philadelphia a list of about a half-dozen teams he would be willing to be traded to. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Philadelphia Phillies Curt Schilling pitcher delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates en route to his 61st career complete game in the Phillies 4-1 win in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 23, 2000. Schilling began to clear out his locker Tuesday, July 25, 2000 amidst trade rumors involving the Phillies right-hander. Schilling, the subject of trade talks much of the season, has given Philadelphia a list of about a half-dozen teams he would be willing to be traded to. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Sure, you can remember Curt Schilling for his 11-2 postseason record or being the last Phillie to reach 300 strikeouts in a single season, but we'll see him as the only pitcher in major league history to finish second in the Cy Young Award voting three times without winning it.

Here are multilple Cy Young runner-ups and their CYA-winning seasons:

   Cy Young
 Runner-Up
 Cy Young
 Winner
 Curt Schilling  2001, 2002, 2004    
 —
 Warren Spahn
 1958, 1960, 1961
 1957
 Randy Johnson
 1993, 1997, 2004
 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001   
     
 Tom Glavine
 1992, 2000
 1991, 1998
 Roy Halladay
 2008, 2011
 2003, 2010
 Trevor Hoffman
 1998, 2006
 —
 Ferguson Jenkins
 1967, 1974
 1971
 Tommy John
 1977, 1979
 —
 Jimmy Key
 1987, 1994
 —
 Pedro Martinez
 1998, 2002
 1997, 1999, 2000
 Tom Seaver
 1971, 1981
 1969, 1973, 1975
 Dan Quisenberry    
 1983, 1984
 —
 Brandon Webb
 2007, 2008
 2006
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