JUNE 8, 1981
Drafted out of San Jacinto ( Texas) Junior College in the 12th round by the New York Mets. Opts to attend the University of Texas after the Mets fail to meet his $25,000 bonus demand.
JUNE 6, 1983
Selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 19th draft pick—one spot ahead of the Mets, who are poised to reacquire his rights.
JUNE 11, 1983
Earns the victory in Texas' 4-3 win over Alabama to clinch the College World Series title. Finishes 25-7 in two seasons in Austin, with 241 strikeouts in 275 innings.
MAY 20, 1984
Gets first major league win in his second career start, throwing seven strong innings against the Minnesota Twins. (Has been called up from Triple A Pawtucket nine days earlier to take the roster spot of injured first baseman Dave Stapleton.)
AUG. 30, 1985
Undergoes surgery on his right shoulder for a torn muscle; sidelined for the remainder of the season.
APRIL 29, 1986
Sets a major league record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariners in a 3-1 victory. Also ties an American League mark by striking out eight straight batters. Says his fastball averaged 97 mph over the last five innings.
OCT. 25, 1986
Pitches seven strong innings in Game 6 of the World Series and departs with Boston leading the Mets 3-2. New York wins after Bill Buckner's infamous error and goes on to take the Series two days later.
NOV. 12, 1986
Wins first Cy Young Award after going 24-4 with a 2.48 ERA and 238 strikeouts. Joins Denny McLain and Ron Guidry as the only unanimous American League winners. Is also voted AL MVP and, with the All-Star Game MVP award that he won in July, becomes the only player to have earned all three honors in the same season.
MARCH 6, 1987
Walks out of spring training after learning that Red Sox management plans to exercise its right to renew his contract at $400,000 plus incentives. Returns April 4 and soon gets a two-year deal worth $1.7 million plus incentives.