Today in Tribe History: February 18, 1909

The Naps bring a former Clevelander home, acquiring 41-year-old pitcher Cy Young from the Boston Red Sox for pitchers Charlie Chech, Jack Ryan, and $12,500.

For Young, it is a return to the site where he baseball career blossomed. He debuted at the age of 23 with the Cleveland Spiders of the National League in 1890 and played with the club through the 1898 season. He won as many as 36 games in 1892 while posting a 1.93 ERA and exceeded 30 wins three different times in his stay.

After being assigned to the St. Louis Perfectos (later the Cardinals), he later jumped to the American League with the Boston Americans. He spent eight years with the club before coming back to Cleveland.

Young was 19-15 with a 2.26 ERA in 35 games for the Naps in 1909 and finished 7-10 with a 2.53 ERA in 20 games the following season. At the age of 44 in 1911, he was 3-4 in seven games with the club before being given his release in August. He returned to Boston, this time with the NL’s Rustlers, going 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA in his final eleven Major League games.

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