In 1908 Baseball Magazine published an article titled, "Rules for Pitching Success". The article was written by pitching legend Cy Young...yes THAT Cy Young.
- Pitchers, like poets, are born, not made.
- Cultivate good habits: Let liquor severly alone, fight shy of cigarettes and be moderate in indulgence of tobacco, coffee and tea...
A player should try to get along without any stimulants at all. Water, pure cool water is good enough for any man.
- A man who is not willing to work from dewy morn until weary eve should not think about becoming a pitcher.
- Learn to be patient and cool. These traits can be cultivated.
- Take the slumps that come your way, ride over them and look forward.
- Until you can put the ball over the pan whenever you choose, you have not acquired the command necessary to make a first-class pitcher. Therefore start to acquire the command.
Thanks Cy for the advice. These wise words still hold true in today's game.
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