Cy Young

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This great pitcher's autograph is a key component to any Hall of Fame collection. A prolific signer and letter writer during his post career, Cy Young was a great signer via the mail and in person, signing autographs right up until his death in 1955. His autograph is not in abundance, but finding a signature on a 3x5 or government postcard is not a challenge. He would typically sign items very simply "Cy Young."

At times, his autograph would include a date or inscription and he was also known to add the town name where he lived, Peoli, Ohio. Material signed by Young during his playing days is virtually non-existent. Single-signed baseballs are very difficult to acquire, but they do exist and are sold in the marketplace on occasion. Nevertheless, they are hard to find signed on the sweet spot with most of them penned on the side panel. Signed photographs also are in short supply and quite desirable.

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Denton TRUE “Cy” Young (1867-1955) is the winningest pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball with 511, a record that will never be broken. Young’s record still stands after 100 years and is almost 100 more than the next hurler, Walter Johnson with 417. Young was a durable and effective pitcher taking the mound 906 times, winning 30+ games five times and topping the 20-win mark 15 times. Young played 22 seasons for the Cleveland Spiders (1890-1898), St. Louis Perfectos (1899-1900), Boston Americans/Red Sox (1901-1908), Cleveland Naps (1909-1911) and Boston Rustlers (1912). Young continues to hold records for games started (815), games won (511), and games lost (316), complete games (749) and innings pitched (7,356). Major League Baseball annually awards the Cy Young Award to the “single best pitcher” in the American and National Leagues. Denton True “Cy” Young was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937 and was among the first to donate mementos to the museum.