Cy Young Biography

(Baseball player)

Birthday: March 29, 1867 (Aries)

Born In: Gilmore, Ohio, United States

Cy Young was an American Major League Baseball player who played as pitcher. Inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he is credited for creating a number of pitching records. Known as ‘Farmer Young’ and ‘Farmboy Young’, this well known player started his professional career as a player of Canton team of the Tri-State League. His performance as part of the ‘Cleveland Spiders’ earned him recognition in the sports arena. During one of the matches of the Cleveland Spiders, he introduced ‘changeup’, a new pitching technique. While playing for Boston Americans, his remarkable performance brought him AL Triple Crown for pitchers. After defeating the Boston Americans in a match, when Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Rube Waddell challenged Young for another match, Young pitched a perfect game against Wadell and his team. This perfect game is considered as the first perfect game in the history of American League. In his entire baseball career, he pitched three no-hitters. He also acted as a coach of Harvard University’s baseball team. The Cy Young Award is an attempt to recognize the best pitcher of baseball. In 1999, 44 years after his death, he was ranked 14th on the list of “Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players” by “The Sporting News”.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Denton True Young, Denton True

Died At Age: 88


Spouse/Ex-: Robba

father: McKinzie Young Jr.

mother: Nancy Miller

siblings: Anthony, Carl, Ella, Lon

Born Country: United States

Baseball Players American Men

Died on: November 4, 1955

place of death: Newcomerstown, Ohio, United States

U.S. State: Ohio

More Facts

awards: 1903 - World Series champion

Childhood & Early Life
Born in Gilmore, Ohio, United States, Cy Young was the eldest of the five children of McKinzie Young, Jr. and Nancy Miller. He was named Denton True Young.
To earn livelihood, he left his studies after the sixth grade. He played as part of a number of amateur baseball leagues during his youth. In this context, his performance for Carrollton team in 1888 deserves special mention.
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He started his professional career in 1889 with Canton, a professional minor league team. During his stint with Canton, he won 15 games and lost another 15 games.
In 1890, he signed contract with the Cleveland Spiders. On August 6 of the same year, he pitched a three-hit shutout during his major league debut. When he played matches for Cleveland Spiders, Chief Zimmer was his catcher in most of the games. The season of 1890 witnessed remarkable performance of Young. On the final day of the season, he won both games of a doubleheader.
The 1892 regular season proved to be a successful season for him. During the 1892 season, the National League started using a split season format. Though the Spiders won the second-half title, it was the Boston Beaneaters, the winner of the first-half title, who won the series. Though he pitched three games, yet he lost two decisions. In spite of his throwing of a complete game shutout, the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
In 1895, the Cleveland Spiders faced the Baltimore Orioles in the Temple Cup. In this series, the Cleveland’s victory in three matches helped it to win the Cup. During this time, he applied a new technique of pitching called ‘changeup’ to reduce stress on his arm.
In the following year, he lost a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth innings when Philadelphia Phillies’s Ed Delahanty hit a single.
He pitched the no-hitter for the first time in his career on September 18, 1897, in a match against the Cincinnati Reds.
When the Cleveland Spiders owner Frank Robison bought the St. Louis Browns, several top ranked players of the Spiders were transferred to St. Louis Browns. Cy Young was one of them and he played for St. Louis in the seasons of 1899 and 1900. During his two-year stint with St. Louis, he met Lou Criger, his favourite catcher.
After leaving St. Louis in 1901, he signed a $3,500 contract with Boston Americans of the American League. During his first year in American League, he acted as a pitcher to Lou Criger, who joined Boston Americans at the same time. In this year, he led the league that witnessed his electrifying performance for which he received AL Triple Crown for pitchers.
In 1903, the Boston Americans played against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first modern World Series. The Bostons won the series by five games to three games.
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On May 2, 1904 after defeating Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Rube Waddell challanged Young to face him so that he could repeat his performance against him. On May 5, 1904, Young pitched a perfect game against Waddell and the Philadelphia Athletics. It was the first perfect game in American League history.
Under his coaching the baseball team of Mercer University, won the Georgia state championship in 1903, 1904 and 1905.
In 1908, he pitched a no-hitter for the third time in his career. At the age of 41 years and three months, he was the oldest pitcher to record a no-hitter. The record stood for 82 years, until it was broken by the 43-year old Nolan Ryan.
In the 1910 season, he won his 500th career game while playing against Washington.
On September 22, 1911, he defeated Pittsburgh Pirates, 1–0; this was his last career victory.
He acted as manager of the Cleveland Green Sox of the Federal League in 1913.
Personal Life & Legacy
He married Robba whom he knew since his childhood days. Robba passed away in 1933.
He breathed his last at the age of 88 on his farm and was buried in Peoli, Ohio.
To honour his memory, Northeastern University unveiled a statue of him on the site of the Huntington Avenue Grounds where he pitched the first game of the 1903 World Series.
In spite of being a sixth grade graduate, this successful baseball player acted as a pitching coach at the prestigious Harvard University in February 1902.

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