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YOUNG, DENTON TRUE "CY"

YOUNG, DENTON TRUE "CY"

YOUNG, DENTON TRUE "CY" (29 Mar. 1867-4 Nov. 1955), BASEBALL pitcher (1890-11) for the Natl. League CLEVELAND SPIDERS (1890-98) and for Cleveland in the American League (1909-11), winning a major-league record 511 games in his career, was born at Gilmore, Ohio, son of MacKenzie and Nancy Mot Miller Young. He farmed full-time, playing baseball locally, until he was 23. After pitching for Canton in the Tri-State League, his contract was sold to the Cleveland Spiders. For 16 seasons he won 20 or more games, averaging 8 innings a game for 22 years. In 1899, Young was switched from Cleveland to St. Louis by Frank DeHaas Robison, who owned both franchises. After 2 years, he signed with the Boston Red Sox in the new AL, receiving a $600 raise over his $2,400 NL salary. Young pitched in the first World Series, winning 2 games as Boston defeated Pittsburgh in 1903. After the 1908 season, his contract was sold to Cleveland. Released by the Naps in Aug. 1911, he ended his career that year with Boston. Young pitched 3 no-hit, no-run games during his career, including a perfect game on 5 May 1904 against Philadelphia. He appeared in 906 games, a major-league record until 1968. Young was a farmer in Tuscarawas County until well past 80. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 1939, and further recognized when baseball commissioner Ford Frick established the Cy Young Award in 1956 to honor the outstanding pitcher in both leagues. Young married Robba Miller in 1892. They had no children. He was buried in Newcomerstown, Ohio.