Cy Young

No one will ever top Cy Young’s record for most wins (511), games started (815), or complete games (749), the game of baseball has changed too much to allow for that.

When Young was a star on the mound he took the ball every third or fourth day, and he was expected to finish the games he started. He won at least 25 games in a season 12 times, topping 30 wins five times. He spent most of his career with the Cleveland Spiders of the old National League and the Boston Red Sox in the early 1900s. He was the hardest thrower of his era, earning him the nickname “Cyclone”, which was shortened to Cy.

Since 1956, the award given to the best pitcher in baseball or league has been named after Young.