Wednesday, March 29, 2017

150th Anniversary Of Denton True 'Cy' Young's Birth

Cy Young Statue At Northeastern University
On this date in 1867, Denton True 'Cy' Young was born in Gilmore, Ohio. When the 23-year old Young debuted for the Cleveland Spiders in 1890, very few could have foreseen what his place would be in baseball history. As it turned out, he compiled 511 wins over a remarkable 22-year career—eight of which (between the ages of 34 and 41!) were in Carmine Hose. He ended up winning almost 200 games in Boston (192)—with a 2.00 ERA. Amazingly, he never won the Cy Young (sorry). Here are just a few of his other accomplishments:

In 1901, he led the new American League in strikeouts, wins and ERA;
• In 1903, he won two games in the first World Series, helping Boston to victory;
• On May 5, 1904, Young pitched the first perfect game of the 20th century.

Other than that he was just OK. Fittingly, a statue to 'Cy' stands at the site of old Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds—now the campus of Boston's Northeastern University. Happy birthday, Cy!