As befitting its namesake, a former Cy Young Award winner will be the guest of honor at the 2019 Cy Young Festival in Newcomerstown during the weekend.
Randy Jones carried the nickname “Junkman” while pitching in the National League for the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. A left-hander, Jones won the Cy Young Award in 1976 with the Padres with a record of 22-14 and an earned run average of 2.74. His career totals include 1,933 innings pitched, a career ERA of 3.42 and 735 strike-outs.
Jones will headline a luncheon at the Laborers Local Hall 134, 150 N. River St., the corner of River and Main streets in Newcomerstown on Saturday. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids under 12. Reservations can be made by calling 740-498-4545 or emailing email@example.com.
Five full-size, genuine Louisville Sluggers wood bats will be auctioned off at this year’s luncheon. Each bat is numbered one through five and engraved with festival name, date, “Home of Cy Young” and will be signed by Jones. In addition to being the guest speaker at the luncheon, Jones will make an appearance at the Cy Young Run on Saturday morning and at Cy Young’s gravesite following the run. He will serve as Grand Parade Marshal Saturday evening at 6 p.m. After the parade, Jones will sign autographs at the Olde Main Street Museum.
The festival kicks off Friday evening and will culminate with a vintage baseball game and a car show on Sunday.
The Cy Young Festival Parade will line-up beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and participants are urged to use a baseball theme. The parade will start on Oak Street near Newcomerstown High School and travel down River Street to Church Street, east to College Street, north on College to Main Street. For more information or to enter, call Karen Shepherd at 740-227-1802.
The vintage baseball tournament will have its first pitch at 8 a.m. on Sunday at Cy Young Park. The local Newcomerstown Cyclones will take on the Canal Dover Redlegs, the Mohican Rivermen and the Whiskey Island Shamrocks. Teams will be using the same baseball rules that were used during the days of the Civil War.
There will also be a cornhole tournament beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday.