20,000 days ago today, one of the most famous people in baseball history died: Cy Young. Obviously, he’s most famous for winning 511 games, a record no one has ever challenged.
That said, his death itself had an impact on baseball. It was in response to his death that MLB began issuing an annual award to the man voted the game’s best pitcher – the Cy Young Award. Thus it’s not a coincidence he died in late 1955 and the first Cy Young Award came out in 1956.