Today in Tribe History: February 16, 1909

The Naps bring a former Clevelander home, acquiring 41-year-old pitcher Cy Young from the Boston Red Sox for 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.

At the time Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer reached out to Young at his Peoli, Ohio, home for comment, he had not been made aware of the trade, as reported in the February 17, 1909 edition of the paper. “I have heard nothing about the trade,” said Young. “Of course the whole thing is up to Mr. [John I.] Taylor and Mr. [Charles] Somers. If they want me for the Cleveland club I can see no objection to my playing there. Until I have received official confirmation of the sale I do not think it wise to be interviewed further.”

He added further, jokingly, “If you call me from a warm bed again just to tell me I have been traded I won’t help you win any pennants.”

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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