New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey finished an amazing season by winning the Cy Young award Wednesday for the best pitching performance in the National League.
The 38 year-old right-hander is the second oldest player to win the award, and the first knuckleball pitcher to do so. He finished the 2012 season with a 20-6 record on a losing team, becoming the first Met to capture the Cy Young since Doc Gooden in 1985.
Dickey narrowly won the award, finishing ahead of last year's Cy Young winner, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Washington Nationals all-star Gio Gonzalez. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price captured the award in the American League.
Dickey topped the National League in innings pitched, shutouts, and complete games, and was the first pitcher in the National League to allow just one hit in back-to-back games since 1944.
"Man, I'm kind of speechless," he said after he was told he won. "It's a real honor."
Dickey has drawn admirers throughout the baseball world for the adversity he overcame in his baseball career. But as a dedicated Christian, he's also overcome adversity in his life, including molestation as a child and difficulties in his family.
Watch his powerful testimony on "The 700 Club" story below.