Denton True Young

Denton True Young (1867-1955). Name ring a bell? I hope not! (If it does, you’re probably a hopeless baseball nerd like myself).

How about “Cy” Young? One of the game’s all-time greats, Young compiled an unbelievable 511-316 record (both the wins and losses are Major League records which will never be broken) with a 2.63 ERA, 2,803 strikeouts, 749 complete games (749! Seven hundred forty-nine!) and 76 shutouts. He also pitched three no hitters, including the third perfect game in Major League history. The man even has baseball’s greatest pitching honor named after him – the Cy Young Award. I think they should rename it – the Denton True Award has a great ring to it, don’t you think? Denton is, unquestionably, one of the game’s greatest players, and holds a much-deserved spot in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

The only thing better than a collared uniform is a collared, lace-up uniform. Denton True looks True-ly sophisticated!

The erstwhile Spider, Perfecto, Nap, and Rustler (man they had great team names back in the day) had an interesting upbringing. Raised on an Ohio farm, Cy went by the name of Dent Young as a Young boy, and was also known as “Farmer Young” and “Farmboy Young.” He quit school after the sixth grade to help out on his family’s farm. I guess that makes Denton True one of the few ballplayers to truly come from “down on the farm!” (For those of you who don’t closely follow America’s pastime, lower levels of professional baseball are known as the “farm system” – don’t worry, you won’t see any cows or chickens running wild on the field!)

Anyway, Denton True got the nickname “Cy” from the fact that during a minor league tryout, Young “almost tore the boards off the grandstand with [his] fast ball,” which caused reporters to nickname him “Cyclone” since the boards looked like they had been hit by a tornado. The nickname was later shortened to “Cy.” Wow, what a way to get a nickname!

After his baseball career, Cy went back to live and work on his farm. He died in 1955 in Newcomerstown, Ohio.

This courtesy of Ogden Nash, once again:

Y is for Young
The magnificent Cy;
People batted against him,
But I never knew why.

You go, Denton True!

About Rob

Huge San Diego Padres fan, working as an economic consultant in Pasadena, CA. Contributor to the Funny Names Blog.
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9 Responses to Denton True Young

  1. Dave says:

    It’s True that seeing Cy on the mound put a “Dent-in” a Young batter’s confidence.

    (Woohoo! 4-part Denton True Young pun sentence!)

  2. Dave says:

    Fact: I know from years of experience that Rob is one of the few people on Earth who always searches for “Denton True Young” on Google, Wikipedia, and Baseball-Reference, as opposed to the more common “Cy Young”.

  3. Dave says:

    My last comment: If you were truly a “hopeless” baseball nerd, you wouldn’t be a Padres fan. Your inherent hopefulness is all that keeps you following that team and its perennial mediocrity.

    • Rob says:

      Haha, this is true! But hey, they’ve won 9 of their last 10. Maybe things are looking up…for next year. Oh well, such is the life of a Padre fan.

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    I don’t know much about baseball, but I’m always happy to learn about a fellow Ohioan. 🙂

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