15. Cy Young

The legendary Cy Young first visited Hot Springs in the Spring of 1892 just before his third year pitching for the Cleveland Spiders. It was not his last visit as he soon became a regular in Hot Springs until 1911, his last season as a big leaguer. During his visits Young became one of the most popular players ever to visit the Spa City. He was a fan favorite no matter what team you followed.

After his retirement Cy Young did not return to the city until one year after his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It was 1938 when Cy rode into Hot Springs on a special train, right here at what now is called Transportation Depot, along with 50 baseball students coming to town to attend the Ray Doan Baseball School. Joining Cy as a guest instructors for the school was fellow retired great Rogers Hornsby.

When the train arrived it was greeted by a large crowd of people and Cy Young rode as a guest of honor in the mayor’s car as a procession over 100 automobiles long drove up Central Avenue toward Whittington Avenue and the Majestic Hotel with a marching band leading the way. The local paper estimated that over 2,000 people lined Central Avenue to catch a glimpse of the pitcher who won 511 games, an all-time career record that continues to stand.