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2014 The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw sign the biggest per season deal in baseball history, a seven-year, $215 million deal that averages to $30.7 million per season. This is also the largest deal for a pitcher in history, though Alex Rodriguez’s deal worth a total of $275 million is still the biggest deal in history.
1981 Bob Gibson, owner of what is widely considered the best single season by a pitcher in history, 1968, is elected to the Hall of Fame. During his 17-year career, all spent with the St. Louis Cardinals, he won two Cy Young Awards, one MVP, two World Series MVPs, collected 251 career wins and 3,117 career strikeouts. His 13 shutouts during his incredible 1968 campaign are the second most in a single season behind only Pete Alexander who tossed 16 in 1916.

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