Houston Pitcher Gets Most Valuable Player Award Thursday, November 3rd, 1966 Not only has Sam McDowell been named winner of the 1966 Western Division Most Valuable Player Award, he's done it at an age when many of his peers are still trying to establish themselves in Continental League.
"I feel fortunate to win this award at age 24," he said. "I feel like I still have my best years ahead of me. Hopefully I can put my name on this trophy a few more times."
The Houston Judges ace had a 23-6 record over 32 starts and 265.1 innings. He struck out 334, issued 78 walks and had an impressive 1.93 ERA.
Batters hit only .192 against him during the season.