March 29, 1867 – November 4, 1955
Born Denton True “Cy” Young, he is one of the most famous major league baseball pitchers of all time. He played for a total of 5 different major league baseball teams during his career from 1890 to 1911. His record for most career wins for a pitcher still stands at 511.
Young died on his farm in Ohio at the age of 88. A year after his death, the Cy Young Award was created to honor Young’s legacy. The Cy Young Award is given to the best pitcher in both the American League and National League. In 1993, a statue of Cy Young was erected on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston, MA, the site of the first modern day World Series. The plaque next to the statue reads:
On October 1, 1903 the first modern World Series between the American League champion Boston Pilgrims (later known as the Red Sox) and the National League champion Pittsburgh Pirates was played on this site. General admission tickets were fifty cents. 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.1
You can read Young’s obituary here.