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Cy Young: A Baseball Life

He was the winner of 511 major league baseball games, nearly a hundred more than any other pitcher. He threw three no-bitters, including the first perfect game in the new American League. He was among the original twelve players inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame, and his name is now attached to the game's most prestigious pitching award. Yet for all his accomplishments, Cy Young remains to many baseball fans a legendary but little-known figure. This book re-creates the life of Denton True ""Cyclone"" Young and places his story in the context of a rapidly changing turn-of-the-century America.
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"Cy Young: A Baseball Life" won the Casey Award for the Best Baseball Book of the Year, was a finalist for the Seymour Medal of the Society for American Baseball Research and a "Choice" Outstanding Academic Book.

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Reed Browning is professor of history and former provost at Kenyon College.


"Each year the top pitchers in both leagues are honored with the Cy Young Award, but how many of today's fans really know much about the winningest hurler of them all? Browning digs deep to uncover the real story behind this pitching legend, whose innovations were essential to baseball's growth in the 19th and early 20th century." "This will be the standard biography of Denton True Young for a long time to come." "A carefully researched book written in a straight-forward reporter's style that should satisfy baseball buffs." "Cy Young beat out nine other nominated books to win the coveted bronze Casey plaque.... This is an important biography which gets an A-plus for its originality and coverage of Cy Young's entire life.... It is difficult to imagine a more definitive biography of Young ever being done." "A wonderfully nuanced and researched biography." "An unusually readable book.... This biography is exemplary." "Browning has filled a void in baseball's biographies of its greats in authoring a 'no stone unturned' book about Young.... A superb Young reader, documentary, [and] biography."

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