Cy Young Lived Here

March 28th, 2010
by Byron Bennett

An Amish Market

While baseball may never have been played here, Cy Young, one of the all time great players, lived and died in this farm house in Peoli, Ohio. A permanent guest of family friends the Bendums, Young moved into the house after his wife Roba died in 1933.

The house is owned by Amish now and serves as a general store. In front of the building, next to the road, is a white, hand painted sign in simple black lettering, offering “Brown Eggs For Sale, Not Over a Week Old, No Sunday Sale, 1.25 a dozen.”  Baseball fans are fortunate that this house still stands, even if just barely.  Like League Park, there is enough left of the building’s former glory to appreciate how it might have looked when Young was alive.  It is yet another portal to baseball’s past.

Sign of the Times

For additional information about Cy Young, be sure to check out Cy Young and the Temperance Tavern Museum. The museum is located just a few miles from Young’s former home.

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Posted in Cy Young's House, Ohio ballparks | Comments (7)

  • Avatar S. Curve says:

    Cy Young’s house! Very cool — I grew up two hours away and never knew this was here. I missed seeing Honus Wagner’s house on a trip to Pgh last summer, but I’m going to make that happen soon.

  • […] field named in Young’s honor.  The house where he lived still stands (barely) in Peoli (see Cy Young Home).  The cemetery where he is buried is less than a mile from his former home. This entry is […]

  • Avatar Thomas Bitticker says:

    People who lived in the vicinity of Peoli still reminisce of the funeral of Cy Young. They talk of the limousines that brought the dignitaries of baseball to the rural area of Tuscarawas County, Ohio. I recall seeing a post mortem photograph of the Hall of Fame pitcher, but I would rather have seen the register that was signed by those who came to pay their last respects.

  • Byron Bennett Byron Bennett says:

    Hello Thomas

    Thank you for taking the time to post about Peoli and Cy Young. Are you from that area of Ohio? I wonder where that register is now. It sounds like it could be quite a list of the baseball famous. If you haven’t already, please check out It includes a blog about the Temperance Tavern in Newcomerstown. I read recently that the Cy Young uniform mentioned in the post was sold by the museum in the last year or so.

  • Avatar Thomas Bitticker says:

    Hello Byron,
    I live in Northern Tuscarawas County and have visited the Temperance Tavern Museum. My visit to the museum was more than twenty years ago, the images show a significant change since then. It was nice experience, the curator allowed me to try on Cy’s fedora.

  • Byron Bennett Byron Bennett says:

    Hello Thomas – thanks for the post. Be sure to check out the website link below for info about the Temperance Tavern museum:

    I learned recently that the uniform of Cy Young was sold to help raise money for the museum. It’s absence is a huge loss for baseball fans hoping to see something so historic.

  • […] In 2006, I stopped with my family in Newcomerstown, Ohio. Because of Cy Young’s connections to that town, I visited the Temperance Tavern Museum. It was there that I learned Cy Young’s former house may or may not still be standing in nearby Peoli, Ohio. Because the rest of my family expressed little interest in spending a few hours trying to track down Cy Young’s former house, it was left for another day for me to go in search of the house. That day came in 2009 when I returned to Peoli in search of Cy Young’s former home. Long story short, I found the house. […]

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