Left-hander Ron Guidry arrived on the scene as a rookie Yankee' hurler in 1977, went 16-7, 2.82 ERA, pitched 5 shutouts in 210 innings.
With an explosive 95 mph fastball and a wicked slider that burst down at the last second straight over home plate, Guidry had one of the greatest years in baseball history for the Yankees in 1978. That year, Guidry was 25-3, and his .893 winning pct is the highest in history for 20 game winners. He hurled nine shutouts, tying Babe Ruth's American League's record for left-handers, and his 248 strike outs broke the great Yankee pitcher Jack Chesbro's 74 year old team record. Guidry won his first 13 games in route to his 25 victories. On June 17, he struck out 18 California Angels. He was the unanimous choice for the Cy Young Adward and finished second to Boston's Jim Rice in the MVP voting. In 1979, Guidry was 18-8, 2.78 ERA; in 1980, 17-10, 3.56 ERA. From 1977-1985, Guidry won 154 games, the most in the majors. In 1983, his record was 21-9, and in 1985 topped 20 wins again, going 22-6. The following year his arm went sour and his last three seasons he was a combined 16-23. Ron Guidry career: 170-91, .651 pct, 3.29 ERA, 368 G, 323 GS, 95 GC, pitched 26 shutouts, allowed just 2198 hits in 2392 innings, 1778 K's, 633 walks, .244 opponents batting average, .294 on-base-pct,. His .651 winning percentage is the 9th highest in this century.