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The Cy Young is one of the few* annual awards in sports, which most fans know what it means when they just hear the name of the person it honors. When someone is given the ... Bill Russell (B) ... only the hardcore fans of those sports know what the eponym is for.
B. NBA Finals MVP.
I wonder why the "Pitcher of the Year" award is always referred to by the player's name but the Rookie of the Year award almost never is.
Or making every team retire Jackie Robinson's number.
Once a thing is named in a person's honour the name should never, ever, ever, be changed.
Once a thing is named in a person's honour the name should never, ever, ever, be changed. This idea is not only a bad one it signifies a crime against the past. The tyranny of the present over the past is the single worst thing about our culture and is representative of a spirit of decadence and decline.
baseball has more important people to remember than a man who began his career in the horse-and-buggy age. He’s had his name on the award for the game’s best pitcher for over half a century, plenty long to honor his place in the game. See ya, Cy.
For a figure of such immense stature in baseball history, it's amazing how few biographical resources on Cy Young exist -- an illustration, perhaps, of just how much Young's quiet, calm, rather bland personality allowed his feats to stand in unmatched disproportion to his personal fame. Despite the highly prestigious award named in his honor, it's likely that many fans, asked to name the greatest players in baseball history, would list a dozen more prominent names before remembering Cy Young. And it's a near certainty that practically no fans today know anything at all about Young's life and character, while just about all are quick to offer an anecdote about Ruth, Cobb, or Williams, or even about such Young contemporaries as Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, or Cap Anson.
Unless Cy Young killed some people we never knew about
Changing the name of the Cy Young award would be an insult to Cy Young, whether intended as one or not.
Mo Vaughn is the most prominent example I can think of but undoubtedly there were more players who have done it.
Let’s rename the award after a man who won more games than Young, struck out more batters than Nolan Ryan, pitched in at least twice as many games as anyone else
Too often, examination of the integration of baseball properly hails the courage of the pioneer Jackie Robinson, but then assumes something of a self-congratulatory tone, more than implying that everyone lived happily ever after. A similar dynamic often occurs in the discussion of larger racial issues as well, substituting Justice Thurgood Marshall or Rosa Parks or Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King for Robinson, and again closing on the presumption that bigotry was in our midst, that racial injustice was a national scandal, until a larger-than-life hero (Robinson/Marshall/Parks/King) came along and saved the day.
The truth is vastly more complicated, of course, and vastly less sanguine.
would the Dave Kingman award be given to the three true outcome champion?'
I think it's either a golf award or a tennis one (one of those country club sports), but if you asked me how you earn it, I wouldn't have a clue.
rf: No one leaps to mind here, either. The Henrich?
3b: The Robinson
I wouldn't mind maning each Gold Glove at its position.
would the Dave Kingman award be given to the three true outcome champion?
But god forbid there should be an additional federal holiday
Bad idea. You can't honor Paige by stealing the name from Cy Young. It might be different if the award was named for some baseball bureaucrat who dreamed up the idea of a pitcher's award, but that's not the case.
It is time we retire the "Jackie Robinson" Rookie of the Year Award and rename it the "Pat Listach" Rookie of the Year Awrd.
I think it's either a golf award or a tennis one (one of those country club sports), but if you asked me how you earn it, I wouldn't have a clue
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