Dinner Theater with Chris Hart in this first person portrayal of CY YOUNG
Baseball’s Winning-est Pitcher, Saturday, April 18, 2015.
This Dinner Theater is being sponsored by the County Line Historical Society as a fund raiser. Meet Cy as he steps from a train having just returned from Cleveland Stadium where he was honored with a tribute day. Cy reminisces of life in the early days of major league baseball, setting records and the ups and downs of a career that stretched over 20 years. But despite all the fanfare and glory, his greatest pleasure was returning to Tuscarawas hills every off season to the love of his wife and the joy of being a simple farmer . . . and you might just learn why they called him Cy.
(The following was taken from the 1924 edition of The Baseball Bat Bag.)
A man of his mettle disdained a sore arm or other chronic pitching complaints, and he had passed his forty-fifth milestone on the 1912 training trip of the Boston Nationals when he decided he had better surrender to old Father Time. But before Cy surrendered, he had pitched in twenty-two big league seasons and hung up a record of 511 victories, the only twirler to ever pass the 500 victory mark. In fact, Walter Johnson came the nearest to equaling Young’s record, and he spent most of his career laboring on cellar-dwelling teams. Johnson’s 417 wins still fell far short of Young’s 511. (In the last 60 years, the only pitcher who even came relatively close was the rubber-armed Warren Spahn, with 363 wins.)
Cy Young left many a mark for future generations of pitchers to shoot at in addition to his 511 victories. He is the only pitcher who won over 30 victories in five different years. In 11 other seasons he won over 20 games.
He is the only pitcher who pitched better than .700 ball for three successive seasons, with the exception of Mathewson his percentage with the Red Sox being .756 in 1901, .727 in 1902 and .757 in 1903. Young was the first pitcher to twirl three no-hit-games. The first was against Cincinnati on September 18, 1897, and the second against the Athletics on May 5, 1904, was a perfect game. The third, against the Yankees on June 30, 1908, was pitched when Young was forty-one years of age. This record was later surpassed by Sandy Koufax, who pitched four no-hitters, and Noland Ryan, who pitched seven. (Ryan also beat Cy Young’s age record, no-hitting the Toronto Blue Jays on May 1, 1991 at age 44.)
The Dinner Theater will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at the Des Dutch Essenhaus, downtown Shreve, State Rt. 226. Cost is $16.75 for a Plate Lunch, Tax and Tip Included. Choice of Meat: Broasted Chicken or Roast Beef, including Soup and Salad Bar, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables & Beverage.
Call Essenhaus phone 330-567-2212 to reserve a seat/s and choice of meat. You DO NOT have to pay-in-advance – a portion goes to the County Line Historical Society. You may order Pie at the table for an extra charge if you like.