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 his 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 he exceeded 30 wins three different times in his stay.

He moved along to the St. Louis Perfectos (later the Cardinals) for two seasons before he jumped to the American League with the Boston Americans in 1901. He spent eight years with the club, winning a championship in 1903, before coming back to Cleveland.

Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer reached out to Young at his Peoli, Ohio, home for comment about the trade rumors, but he had not yet been made aware of the transaction, 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.

Also on this date in Tribe history:

1970 – Future Indians first round pick in the 1990 draft, Tim Costo, is born in Melrose Park, Illinois. He would later be traded by the club to the Cincinnati Reds for Reggie Jefferson and spent just 43 games on the field for the Reds in 1992 and 1993 before being dealt back to the Indians in 1994 for another former Indians first rounder, Mark Lewis.

1982 – The Cleveland Indians acquire outfielder Bake McBride from the Philadelphia Phillies for pitcher Sid Monge.

2010 – Cleveland re-signs first baseman/designated hitter Russell Branyan, the third time the club had re-acquired the slugger since originally drafting and developing him in 1994. They would re-sign him again in 2014 to a minor league deal.

2010Jim Bibby passes away at the age of 65 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He spent 12 seasons in the Majors, including parts of three with Cleveland after they acquired him from the Texas Rangers with two others and cash for Gaylord Perry in June of 1975.

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