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THIS WEEK'S QUESTION
Name the three players whose last name is three letters long and have reached 40 home runs in one season.
LAST WEEK"S QUESTION
Justin Verlander won the MVP and CY Young Award in the American League in 2011. Who was the last major leaguer to pull off that double?
LAST WEEK"S ANSWER
Oakland's Dennis Eckersley in 1992.
Here are all the pitchers that won Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards in the same season, as well as the position player who finished highest in the MVP voting (*one Cy Young winner for both leagues):
|Year||Lg.||Pitcher||Team||Top Position Player||Team||Pos.|
|2011||AL||Justin Verlander||Tigers||Jacoby Ellsbury||Red Sox||CF|
|1992||AL||Dennis Eckersley||Athletics||Kirby Puckett||Twins||CF|
|1986||AL||Roger Clemens||Red Sox||Don Mattingly||Yankees||1B|
|1984||AL||Willie Hernandez||Tigers||Kent Hrbek||Twins||1B|
|1981||AL||Rollie Fingers||Brewers||Rickey Henderson||Athletics||LF|
|1971||AL||Vida Blue||Athletics||Sal Bando||Athletics||3B|
|1968||NL||Bob Gibson||Cardinals||Pete Rose||Reds||RF|
|1968||AL||Denny McLain||Tigers||Bill Freehan||Tigers||C|
|1963||NL*||Sandy Koufax||Dodgers||Dick Groat||Cardinals||SS|
|1956||NL*||Don Newcombe||Dodgers||Hank Aaron||Brewers||RF|