The 1978 Cy Young Award winner, Guidry posted a 170-91 record over 14 years spent pitching for the New York Yankees. He arrived in the majors in 1975, appearing in 10 games for the Yankees. By 1977 he was a member of their rotation, winning 16 games and finishing seventh in the Cy Young vote. He had the best year of his career the following season, going 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA. He led the American League in wins, ERA and shutouts with nine. In addition to winning the Cy Young, Guidry earned a trip to the All-Star Game and finished second in the MVP vote. He led the American League in ERA again the next year, posting a 2.78 mark while winning 18 games. Guidry made his second All-Star team that season and finished third in the Cy Young tally. He would go on to make two more All-Star Games and win five Gold Gloves as his career stretched to 1988. He led the American League in wins again in 1985 when he went 22-6 for the Yankees. Guidry finished second in the Cy Young vote that season.
Guidry pitched in the World Series three times for New York. The Yankees won the first two series, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977 and 1978. They lost to the Dodgers in 1981. Guidry went 3-1 in four World Series starts. His first win, which he mentions above, was in game four of the 1977 championship. He pitched the complete game, limiting the Dodgers to four hits and two runs while striking out seven. Doug Rau took the loss for Los Angeles.
Guidry was the Yankees’ pitching coach for two seasons under Joe Torre. His number was retired by New York in 2003. He has a plaque in the Yankees’ Monument Park.
On a personal note, this was a pretty special one for me. Some of my earliest memories of baseball involve my Father watching the Yankees play the Dodgers in the World Series and Guidry was, obviously, one of the stars of those teams. I also carried that baseball card around with me for most of my life, so it was awesome to get it back with his signature and a completed survey.
Ron Guidry – career stats