March 1, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 34, Cy Young (The Athletic)


Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

Ford Frick, the commissioner of baseball, had an idea: He wanted to create an award especially for pitchers. The way he saw things, pitchers were just not getting their due credit. Two pitchers, in particular, came to mind. One was Bob Feller, who had led the American League in wins six different times, but never won the MVP award. The writers gave those six awards to Joe DiMaggio (three times), Ted Williams, Hank Greenberg and Yogi Berra.

Didn’t Bobby Feller deserve one of those awards? Frick thought so.

And he felt even more strongly about a pitcher in his favored league, the National League, by the name of Robin Roberts. Every year from 1950 to 1955, as…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 34, Cy Young” at The Athletic