Denton True "Cy" Young, born in 1867 in Gilmore, Ohio,
played baseball on farms in Tuscarawas County, in his youth.
Young began his professional career in 1889 with a minor
league team in Canton, Ohio.
After destroying backstop fences with his fastball,
"Cy", short for cyclone, became the nickname
Young would use for the rest of his life.
He began his major league pitching career
in 1890 with the Cleveland Spiders.
He won 240 games in 9 seasons with the club.
In 1901, Cy Young's first season with Boston
was his career best. He led the league in wins,
strikeouts and earned-run average.
And, he is also credited with pitching the first
perfect game of the modern era.
In 1903, he won two games in the first World
Series to help Boston win the championship.
In total, Cy Young won 511 games during his
22-year career, and compiled a record of
sixteen 20-win seasons, including five seasons
where he topped 30 wins.
Young displayed remarkable consistency during
an era of major rule changes.
Young retired from the game he loved in 1911.
Young was elected to the National Baseball
Hall of Fame in 1937.
Denton True "Cy" Young died and was buried
in Peoli, Ohio in 1955.
A year later, the Cy Young Award was created
to honor the year's best pitcher in each league.