CONTINENTAL LEAGUE
HOUSTON PITCHER GETS MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD
11/12/1966
 
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.

He received 8 first place votes out of a possible 12. Hank Aaron of the Houston Judges finished second in voting with 3 first place votes, while Graig Nettles of the Denver 59ers finished third with 1 first place vote.

Player - Team - First Place - Total Points
Sam McDowell - Houston Judges - 8 - 137
Hank Aaron - Houston Judges - 3 - 122
Graig Nettles - Denver 59ers - 1 - 112
Dick Simpson - Houston Judges - 0 - 63
Bobby Darwin - New Orleans Crescents - 0 - 59
Don Sutton - New Orleans Crescents - 0 - 48
Larry Dierker - New Orleans Crescents - 0 - 33
Catfish Hunter - New Orleans Crescents - 0 - 31
Orlando Cepeda - Houston Judges - 0 - 31
John Bateman - Houston Judges - 0 - 19
Steve Carlton - Dallas Eagles - 0 - 14
Roy Sievers - Denver 59ers - 0 - 10
Paul Schaal - Denver 59ers - 0 - 9
Rick Monday - San Diego Padres - 0 - 8
John Boozer - Houston Judges - 0 - 7
Dave Duncan - Seattle Pilots - 0 - 7
Rich Nye - Houston Judges - 0 - 6
Eddie Bressoud - Seattle Pilots - 0 - 3
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