Cy Seymour

As a hard-throwing lefthander for the Giants in the late 1890s, he won 20 and 25 games. His nickname was an allusion to Cy Young. Seymour led the NL in strikeouts in both 1897 and ’98. But he was wild, leading the league in walks for three straight years, with a high of 213 in 1898. A strong lefthanded hitter, he’d occasionally played the outfield when not pitching, and by 1901 he was a regular. In 1905 with the Reds he led the NL in batting (.377), RBI (121), hits (219), doubles (40), and triples (21). Traded to the Giants the next year, he played regularly for McGraw’s pennant contenders. He played an unusually shallow centerfield, and in the 1908 playoff a routine Cub fly ball sailed over his head for the winning runs and a Chicago pennant.