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RED SOX TIMELINE
1901-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2001-Present

Red Sox Legends: Denton True "Cy" Young

More commonly known as "Cy," the big right hander spent nearly 20 years in the big leagues and set the pitching standard for all of baseball to follow. He was the only pitcher in baseball's first 100 years to win 500 games, including three no-hit shutouts and a perfect game on May 5, 1904.

"Of all the 879 games I pitched in the big leagues," Young said of his perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics, "that one in Boston stands clearest in my mind."

Though he only led the majors in victories once in his career, Young posted mind-boggling numbers. He completed 751 games, pitched 7,356 innings and threw over 300 innings a year for 15 years; all this while pitching typically on two days rest, sometimes even one.

Known for his durability, the Ohio farmboy's name on modern baseball's annual award to the top pitchers in baseball pay tribute to his greatness. He died in 1955 at the age of 88.

In his eight years with Boston, Cy Young posted a 192-112 mark. No pitcher wearing a Red Sox uniform has come close to that record.

Originally with Cleveland in the National League from 1890-1898, Young racked up 25 or more wins in each year. When Young was transferred to St. Louis, which, like Cleveland, was owned by James Robinson, he complained that, "It's too damn hot there." And thus the Red Sox picked him up at age 34 where he played from 1901-1908.

Young lived up to the hype his first year in Boston, posting a 33-10 record, a 1.62 ERA, 5 shutouts and 158 K's. In 371 innings he walked a mere 37 batters.


1901-1925 | 1926-1950 | 1951-1975 | 1976-2000 | 2001-Present