In 1953, Milwaukee Braves left-hander Warren Spahn paced the NL in wins (23) and WHIP (1.058), and also produced the league's best ERA+ (188). Despite all of that excellence, Spahn failed to capture the Baseball Writers' Association of America's Cy Young Award. But there was a legitimate reason for this: In 1953, there was no Cy Young Award to be given or accepted.
Since the award was first bestowed in 1956 there are 11 pitchers who finished a season with the most wins in the their league while also owning their league's lowest WHIP and highest ERA+. In all 11 cases -- Houston's Dallas Keuchel became the 11th on Wednesday -- that pitcher has claimed the Cy Young Award.
Roger Schlueter is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.