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Happy birthday Cy Young

Cy Young baseball card
Cy Young baseball card
Today would be the 149th birthday of Cy Young, the legendary pitcher who threw three no-hitters during a 22-year career that included a major league record 511 wins.

The right-hander from Gilmore, Ohio, was perfect in his second no-no outing. Pitching for the Boston Americans (Red Sox) on Thursday, May 5, 1904, Young retired all 27 Philadelphia Athletics he faced for a 3-0 win at the Huntington Avenue Grounds.

Here are Young’s no-hitters:

1 Cy Young
  Cleveland Spiders (NL)
  Saturday, September 18, 1897 (First game of doubleheader)
Cleveland Spiders 6, Cincinnati Reds 0
League Park (Cleveland)
2 Cy Young
  Boston Americans (AL)
  Thursday, May 5, 1904
Boston Americans 3, Philadelphia Athletics 0
Huntington Avenue Grounds (Boston)
(Perfect game)
3 Cy Young
  Boston Red Sox (AL)
  Tuesday, June 30, 1908
Boston Red Sox 8, New York Highlanders 0
Hilltop Park (New York)
Young ties Larry Corcoran for the major league career record with 3 no-nos. It would be tied once more but not broken until 1965 by Sandy Koufax.

Also celebrating a no-no birthday today is Bill Dietrich, a Philadelphia native who threw a no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox in 1937. At Comiskey Park on Tuesday, June 1, 1937, Dietrich, who was born 106 years ago today, no-hit the St. Louis Browns for an 8-0 win.