50 Facts About Cy Young


Denton True "Cy" Young was an American Major League Baseball pitcher.

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Cy Young entered the major leagues in 1890 with the National League's Cleveland Spiders and pitched for them until 1898.

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Cy Young was then transferred to the St Louis Cardinals franchise.

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In 1901, Cy Young jumped to the American League and played for the Boston Red Sox franchise until 1908, helping them win the 1903 World Series.

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Cy Young finished his career with the Cleveland Naps and Boston Rustlers, retiring in 1911.

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Cy Young was one of the hardest-throwing pitchers in the game early in his career.

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Cy Young holds MLB records for the most career wins, with 511, along with most career losses, innings pitched, games started, and complete games.

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Cy Young led his league in wins during five seasons and pitched three no-hitters, including a perfect game in 1904.

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Cy Young was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

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Cy Young was the oldest child born to Nancy and McKinzie Young, Jr.

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Cy Young was born in Gilmore, a tiny farming community located in Washington Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

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Cy Young was raised on one of the local farms and went by the name Dent Young in his early years.

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Cy Young stopped his formal education after he completed the sixth grade so he could help out on the family's farm.

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In 1885, Cy Young moved with his father to Nebraska, and in the summer of 1887, they returned to Gilmore.

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Cy Young played for many amateur baseball leagues during his youth, including a semi-professional Carrollton team in 1888.

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In that game, Cy Young played first base and had three hits in three at-bats.

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Cy Young began his professional career in 1889 with the Canton, Ohio, team of the Tri-State League, a professional minor league.

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Therefore, in 1890, Cy Young signed with the Cleveland Spiders, a team which had moved from the American Association to the National League the previous year.

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Early on, Cy Young established himself as one of the harder-throwing pitchers in the game.

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Cy Young continued to perform at a high level during the 1890 season.

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Cy Young pitched three complete games: he lost two and one ended in a scoreless tie.

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Cy Young won three games in the series and Cleveland won the Cup, four games to one.

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In 1896, Cy Young lost a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning when Ed Delahanty of the Philadelphia Phillies hit a single.

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On September 18,1897, Cy Young pitched the first no-hitter of his career in a game against the Cincinnati Reds.

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Cy Young later said that, despite his teammate's gesture, he considered the game to be a one-hitter.

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Cy Young spent two years with St Louis, which is where he found his favorite catcher, Lou Criger.

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Cy Young left St Louis and joined the American League's Boston Americans for a $3,500 contract.

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Pitching to Criger, who had jumped to Boston, Cy Young led the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA, thus earning the colloquial AL Triple Crown for pitchers.

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Cy Young, who started Game One against the visiting Pirates, thus threw the first pitch in modern World Series history.

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Cy Young performed better in subsequent games, winning his next two starts.

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Three days later, Cy Young pitched a perfect game against Waddell and the Athletics.

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Cy Young set major league records for the most consecutive scoreless innings pitched and the most consecutive innings without allowing a hit; the latter record still stands at 25.

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Cy Young pitched 13 consecutive scoreless innings before he gave up a pair of unearned runs in the final inning.

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Cy Young was traded back to Cleveland, the place where he played over half his career, before the 1909 season, to the Cleveland Naps of the American League.

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Cy Young established numerous pitching records, some of which have stood for over a century.

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Cy Young compiled 511 wins, which is the most in major league history and 94 ahead of Walter Johnson, second on the list.

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Cy Young led his league in wins five times, finishing second twice.

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Cy Young had 15 seasons with 20 or more wins, two more than Christy Mathewson and Warren Spahn.

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Cy Young led his league in strikeouts twice, and in shutouts seven times.

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Cy Young led his league in fewest walks per nine innings fourteen times and finished second once.

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Cy Young is tied with Roger Clemens for the most career wins by a Boston Red Sox pitcher: they each won 192 games while with the franchise.

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For 19 consecutive years, from 1891 through 1909, Cy Young was in his league's top 10 for innings pitched; in 14 of the seasons, he was in the top five.

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In 1910, it was reported that Cy Young was a vegetarian.

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Cy Young took part in many baseball events after his retirement.

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Cy Young was among the first to donate mementos to the Hall.

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Cy Young's career is seen as a bridge from baseball's earliest days to its modern era; he pitched against stars such as Cap Anson, already an established player when the National League was first formed in 1876, as well as against Eddie Collins, who played until 1930.

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When Cy Young's career began, pitchers delivered the baseball underhand and fouls were not counted as strikes.

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Cy Young was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

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In 1956, about one year after Young's death, the Cy Young Award was created to honor the best pitcher in Major League Baseball for each season.

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The Pilgrims, led by twenty-eight game winner Cy Young, trailed the series three games to one but then swept four consecutive victories to win the championship five games to three.

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