Right now, go find a baseball fan and ask him the above question. I guarantee that 100 percent of the time the first answer will involve his career-record 511 wins. Probe this fan further on subjects like the years in which Young played and the teams he played for and that the answers will be along the lines of... “Uh, the 1900s, for the, uh, the Philadelphia Athletics? Black Sox?”
Most of us know absolutely nothing about a man so often blindly anointed as the greatest pitcher of all time.
I hope people of are big enough fans of baseball to read the hardball times would know at least a decent amount about cy young. They might not know he threw the first perfect game of the AL, but they should at least know something about him.
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.