Flashback Athlete of the Month for August 2021
David Cone is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher and the current color commentator for the New York Yankees on YES Network and WPIX. Cone made his MLB debut in 1986 and played until 2003.
Cone was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At the age of 16, he was reported to an invitation-only tryout at Royals Stadium and an open tryout for the St. Louis Cardinals. After he graduated high school, he enrolled in University of Missouri and was drafted by his hometown Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1981 Major League Baseball draft.
Cone pitched the sixteenth perfect game in baseball history in 1999. In the final game of the 1991 regular season, he struck out 19 batters, tied for second-most ever in a game. The 1994 Cy Young Award winner. He was a five-time All-Star player and led the major leagues in strikeouts each season from 1990 to 1992. A two-time 20 game winner, and he set the MLB record for most years between 20 win seasons with 10.