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Cy Young

Test your baseball knowledge of Cy Young.  Get up to bat in this FUN Baseball Trivia quiz. 
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

1) Denton True "Cy" Young was born on March 29, 1867. He was the oldest child born to McKinzie Young Jr. and Nancy Miller.Cy Young  
Where was he born?

  1. Macon, Georgia
  2. Spenser, West Virginia
  3. Akron, Ohio
  4. Gilmore, Ohio

2) Cy Young's nickname came from the fences that he had destroyed using his fastball. The fences looked like a cyclone [tornado] had hit them. Reporters later shortened the name to "Cy", which became the nickname Young used for the rest of his life.

  • True or False?

3) When did Young make his major league debut and he pitched a three-hit shutout?

  1. August 6, 1889
  2. July 6, 1890
  3. August 6, 1890
  4. September 6, 1892

4) Charles “Chief” Zimmer was his catcher more often than any other player.  In his first eight years in Major League Baseball, who did Young play for?

  1. Cleveland Spiders
  2. Canton Indians
  3. Akron Goodyears
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers

5) Bill James wrote that Zimmer often put a piece of beefsteak inside his baseball glove to protect his catching hand from Young's fastball.

  • True or False?

6) During the 1899 and 1900 season, who did Young pitch for?

  1. Cleveland Indians
  2. St. Louis Perfectos
  3. Chicago White Stockings
  4. Philadelphia Athletics

7) Young joined the American League's Boston Americans for a $3,500 contract ($91,224 in current dollar terms).

  • True or False?

8) Young and his team played the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first modern World Series in 1903. Young, who started Game One against the visiting Pirates, thus threw the first pitch in modern World Series history.

  • True or False?

9) Young pitched a Perfect Game on May 5, 1904 against the Philadelphia Athletics. 
Who did he pitch against?

  1. Rube Waddell
  2. Lee Richmond
  3. John Ward
  4. Nolan Ryan

10) Young was traded back to Cleveland, the place where he played over half his career, before the 1909 season, to the Cleveland Naps of the American League.  He split 1911, his final year, between the Naps and the Boston Rustlers. 
What team is the Boston Rustlers known as today?

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. Cleveland Indians
  3. Atlanta Braves
  4. Florida Marlins

11) What was Young’s career wins?

  1. 311
  2. 411
  3. 511
  4. 611

12) From 1912 until his death, Cy Young lived and worked on his farm.  His wife, Robba, whom he had known since childhood, lived with him until her death. 
When did she die?

  1. 1933
  2. 1943
  3. 1953
  4. 1963

13) In 1956, about one year after Young's death, The Cy Young Award was created. Originally, it was a single award covering the whole of baseball. The honor was divided into two Cy Young Awards in 1967, one for each league.
Who was awarded the first Cy Young Award?

  1. Sandy Koufax
  2. Don Newcombe
  3. Whitey Ford
  4. Clay Allison

14) On November 4, 1955, Cy Young died on his farm at the age of 88.

  • True or False?

15) Where is Cy Young buried?

  1. Peoli Cemetery, Peoli, Ohio
  2. Assumption Cemetery, Bolivar, Ohio
  3. Calvary (New Philadelphia), New Philadelphia, Ohio
  4. Dundee Cemetery, Dundee, Ohio

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