Baseball Legend Cy Young Was Master Mason
As the 2012 Major League baseball season pushes into its second half, at least one historic, statistical record shows no chance of being broken. That record is held by Hall of Fame baseball player – and Mason – the late Cy Young.
In his astounding baseball career of more than 20 years, Cy Young won 511 games as a pitcher.
On the Hall of Fame list of pitchers, no one else has even won 400 games. Walter Johnson has 417; Grover Alexander and Christy Mathewson, 373 each; and Warren Spahn, 363. In the modern era, winning 300 games is a sought-after accomplishment.
No wonder, one of the most prestigious awards given out each year is the Cy Young Award, to the best pitcher each in the American and National Leagues.
It was during the peak of his baseball career – 1904 – that he became a Mason. It was, of course, in the winter before he had to report for spring training.
Brother Young, according to records at the Grand Lodge of Ohio, received his Entered Apprentice Degree on February 1, 1904; his Fellowcraft Degree on February 15, 1904; and his Master Mason Degree on February 29, 1904, all in Mystic Tie Lodge, #194, in Dennison, Ohio.6
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Old timers over the years say they remember Cy Young, long after he retired from baseball. He would occasionally attend Lodge meetings and Masonic funeral services.
Brother Young died on November 4, 1955, at the age of 88, in Newcomerstown, Ohio.
The memory of Cy Young is still vivid today.
In a 2011 issue of MLB Insiders Club Magazine, noted baseball historian Bill Francis was asked who he would select, if he could invite three baseball-related guests – living or dead – to dinner. He responded that he would invite Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League baseball's color barrier, and Albert Spalding, who was a 19th Century baseball player and founded one of America's prominent sporting goods businesses.
The third choice by historian Francis for a dinner guest was Cy Young. Here's why:
(Original version in Grand Lodge of Ohio Beacon, Summer, 2011)
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