You can take his 1892 performance with
The same can be said of Cy’s output in 1895, also with
Let’s fast forward a few years to 1901, Cy’s debut season with the Boston Americans of the
Although Cy was very good in 1901, in my eyes this season wasn’t good enough to be considered his “best.” There was just something missing.
Let’s jump ahead again to the season…the year of 1908. It was a very forgettable one for
But none of these statistics are what really move me to decree 1908 as Cy Young’s landmark season on the mound. The most impressive statistic was not one bred by baseball at all. It was one bred by nature. Everything he accomplished in ’08 took place inside the pudgy body of a 41-year-old man. And yes, I think it’s pretty safe to say performance enhancers weren’t at work here, people. I gotta be honest, I’m not 100 percent sure they even had ice back then.
What this man was able to accomplish at such a ripe age simply defies nature. It puts things in perspective by reminding us, as we begin to formulate some early preferences for this year’s award winners, why Mr. Young’s name adorns such a valuable piece of hardware over a hundred years later. And it’ll still be the same a hundred years after that.
Now that you’ve had a chance to crunch some of the numbers, which of Cy Young’s illustrious seasons do you love most?