NEWCOMERSTOWN, OHIO (UPI) -- A memorial commemorating the legendary pitching feats of "the greatest of all the great" baseball hurlers will be built here by his friends, neighbors, and fans.
Denton True (Cy) Young, who won more games (511), pitched more games (818), and struck out more batters (3,508) during his career than any other player in the sport's history, will be honored by the memorial to be dedicated during the town's sesquicentennial celebration Aug. 15-22.
Named to head the drive for public subscriptions to honor Tuscarawas County's famous native was Ralph W. Scott, a personal friend of the late baseball immortal.
"This city, this area, and the State of Ohio owes something to Cy Young." Scott said, "There will never be another pitcher like him."
Scott said Young never became "commercialized" like many current stars.
Sent balls back
"Cy not only autographed every baseball that was ever sent to him," Scott said, "but also paid the postage to send them back."
It was hoped the $3,000 needed for the memorial would be reached within three or four weeks to allow its construction before the sesquicentennial festivities begin.
The proposed monument, to be located on a wooded knoll in Newcomerstown's Cy Young Par, will consist of a 12-foot main shaft of white Georgia marble and two wings inscribed with the pitcher's personal history and his baseball record.
A marble pedestal located in front of the shaft will form the foundation for a huge stone baseball. A likeness of Young will be carved at the top of the shaft.
Concrete steps will lead to the monument's approach, which will be built in the shape of a baseball diamond, with the monument standing where the pitcher's mound would be.
Suit thrown in
"Bronco Jack" Darrah of East Liverpool, was credited with discovering Young in 1890 while managing the Canton team in the Tri-State League. Young was sold to the Cleveland Nationals a few months later for $250 and a new suit of clothes. He later played for the Boston Americans. Cleveland Americans and Boston Nationals before retiring in 1911.
Young, who was enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1937, turned in three no-hit games during his major league career, including a perfect game in 1904 against the Philadelphia Athletics.
During the later years of his life, Young became a staunch supporter of Little League baseball and made appearances on its behalf. He often said he regarded the program as a wonderful way for youngsters to become interested in baseball.
The famed old warrior died at the age of 88 at his home in Peoli, November 4, 1955.