Over time, the name Cy Young has become a general term for excellent baseball pitches. Born Denton True Young (1867–1955) on an Ohio ranch, this right-handed great pitcher has been one of the major league pitchers for twenty-two years.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND RECORDS
There are personal career records that have never been surpassed: 511 victories, 316 defeats, 7356 hits, 815 opening games, 749 game completions. Young’s career spanned from 1890 to 1911. In this process, baseball is still in its developmental stage. Shooters fire an enormous number of shots and rarely leave the game. At the age of 25 in 1892, Young had made an astonishing 453 shots (in today’s games, league leaders generally fire around 250 each season). Young has played for five teams, winning 30 games at least five times and 20 games fifteen times in a season. In the opening season of the Americas League, which rose rapidly as the rival of the National League in 1901, Young had the brightest period of his career with the newly established “Boston Americans”. He led the new league with 33 victories, 1.62 ERA (average points to the opponent) and 158 strikeouts. Two years later, he won two games against the “Pittsburg Pirate” and entered the Boston Americans, who would later become the “Red Sox”, into the World Series for the first time. In 1904, he made his legend even bigger by playing the first perfect game in the history of the American League against the “Philadelphia Athletics”.
LIFE AFTER BASEBALL
After the 1911 season, Young quits baseball. In 1937, he was officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Each year, the most successful shooters of both the American League and the National League receive the “Cy Young Award”. Awards are distributed according to the votes of “American Baseball Writers”.