One of baseball’s most dominant pitchers of all-time bid farewell to the sport he loved on October 6th, 1911. Cy Young’s farewell appearance in a major league game was not like his career; it was an utter letdown when he lost to the Brooklyn Dodgers 13-3. It was his 906th game.
Over his storied careers which lasted 21 years, Young compiled 511 wins (most in Major League history) and almost 100 more than Walter Johnson who is in distant second on the list. Young was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937 and after his death, Major League Baseball created the Cy Young Award to honor the previous season’s best pitcher.
Career highlights and awards
- World Series champion (1903)
- Triple Crown (1901)
- 5× Wins leader (1892, 1895, 1901–1903)
- 2× ERA leader (1892, 1901)
- 2× Strikeout leader (1896, 1901)
- Pitched a perfect game on May 5, 1904
- Pitched three no-hitters
- Major League Baseball All-Century Team
- 511 career wins
- 7,356 innings pitched
- 815 career games started
- 749 career complete games
- 25 1⁄3 consecutive hitless innings pitched