Biography of 1977 AL Cy Young Award Winner Sparky Lyle

In Major League Baseball, pitchers have always taken a large responsibility as the most important player on the field whenever they're playingwith.  With this much responsibility laying on the pitchers, there is also a great deal of praise available for pitchers that are dominant.  While the MVP is usually awarded to a hitter, it is frequently that the Cy Young Award that receives more notoriety.  Since the Cy Young Award is such a prestigious award, the winners throughout the years are still remembered for their greatness throughout their Cy Young seasons.


The winner of the 1977 Cy Young Award was Spark Lyle.  Lyle was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania in July of 1944.

Interestingly enough, Lyle was the Cy Young Award winner, but he was not a starting pitcher if he won the award.  This is very seldom the case as starting pitchers normally will pitch a lot bigger quantity of matches compared to relief pitchers.  In his Cy Young Award winning season that he was the closer for the New York Yankees.

During this season he was able to complete out 60 matches for New York.  While pitching at the conclusion of numerous games that he had a whole lot of chances to win matches, shed games and save matches.  He was able to pull 13 victories over the duration of the year and lost only 5 matches.  In addition, he earned 26 saves.  He pitched for 137 innings out of the bullpen and published an impressive ERA of 2.17 for the Yankees.

While most dominant relievers these days are strikeout pitchers, this was not the case for Lyle.  He pitched 1390.1 innings over the course of his career, but he just struck 873 batters.  This meant that he relied on his hands to maintain batters from hitting him hard by forcing ground balls and pop flies.

Over the span of his career, Lyle pitched for several different teams.   He moved on to play the Yankees from 1972 until 1978.  After playing the Yankees he played the Rangers for 2 seasons and the Phillies for 3 seasons.  He finished off his career with the White Sox, but just pitched in 11 matches since he had been acquired from the Phillies during the course of the entire year.

His career stats were rather impressive, particularly for a relief pitcher.  Despite never starting a game over the course of his career that he was able to win 99 games while losing 76.  He racked up 238 career saves and finished 634 matches for his teams.

He was appointed an unmarried three different times throughout his career and helped the Yankees win championships in 1977 and 1978.

Long after his playing career was over he decided to have a shot at becoming a supervisor.   Since the arrival of the group, he's been the sole manager for the organization.

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