One of the game's most dominating pitchers, Gibson finished with a 251-174 record with a 2.91 ERA and 3,117 strikeouts. He won two NL Cy Young awards and was a two-time World Series MVP (1964, '67). His 17 strikeouts in Game 1 of the 1968 World Series remain a major league record.
Runner-up: Pedro Martinez
Worthy of consideration:
Carlos Lee, Bobby Jenks and Steve Rogers
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