Saturday, March 30, 2013

Red Sox in Cooperstown Pt. 1: Cy Young

Years with Boston: 1901-1908 (192-112, 2.00 ERA, 1,341 strikeouts, 0.970 WHIP)
Best Year with Boston: 1901 (33-10, 1.62 ERA, 158 strikeouts, 0.972 WHIP)

Cy Young jumped to the new Boston American League team in March of 1901 and instantly gave the team some credibility on the mound.  He had been a star in the National League for over a decade first with Cleveland and then with St. Louis.  He had already won nearly 300 games before he even joined Boston and would win his 300th in his first year with the team.

It was definitely a different time for pitching in the early 1900's.  Young pitched well over 350 innings in each of his first four years.  He also compiled a lot of wins for the young team.  He won 30 games twice and 20 games four more times.  He lead the league in wins three times, losses once, ERA once, strikeouts once, and several other pitching categories in his time with Boston.

While Cy Young's career would have likely gotten him into the Hall of Fame without his time with Boston, that time certainly helped in getting him into Cooperstown.

No comments:

Post a Comment