Pitcher Cy Young’s Major Milestone

On Aug. 6, 1890, pitcher Cy Young led the Cleveland Spiders past the Chicago Cubs to earn his first professional win. When Young’s career ended 22 seasons later, he had amassed 511 victories, still a Major League record today.

Born as Denton True Young, the Hall of Fame pitcher earned the nickname “Cy” because his pitches were like cyclones. In 1956, Major League Baseball instituted the Cy Young Award, which is given annually to the best pitcher in each league.

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  1. Nobody in our generation knows exacltly how great Cy was because they never witnessed him pitching firsthand. But I’m a pitcher, so trust me, throwing a little ball into a square about 2 feet by 3 feet while making a batter miss is harder than you think.

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