CHAPTER THIRTEEN

True Nobility

Y YOUNG'S third no-hitter, the highlight of his 1908 season, triggered much commendation. But what is interesting about these C tributes is that they focused less upon the accomplishment of the day than the achievement of the lifetime. One writer in Sporting Life called him a “physical marvel and moral wonder.” 1 Another Sporting Life author styled him “the greatest pitcher the world has ever seen.” 2 A biographical piece in the New York Times declared that “Young is the most remarkable ball player the game has yet produced when good work for a long period is considered.” 3 The Sporting News stated its position in a headline: “Old Cy Young in a Class by Himself.” 4

Several writers chose to celebrate their hero in verse. In the concluding stanzas of “Good Old 'Cy' Young, ” a poem printed “by permission of A. Tennyson, ” the anonymous author placed these words in the pitcher's mouth.

I wind them in, I wind them out, I split the blooming platter Until I have my man struck out, A sad, but wiser batter.

To play the game the best I know Is always my endeavor, For men may come, and men may go, But I go on forever. 5

George Whitefield D'Vys concluded his poem “Old 'Cy' Young” with this exhortation:

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