Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September 24, 1900: Cy Young Outduels Rube Waddell In St. Louis

     On September 24, 1900, a pitching duel for the ages took place at Robison Field in St. Louis as Cy Young outdueled Rube Waddell during a 1-0 Cardinals win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both pitchers allowed four hits in the contest,  and they picked up an error as well. The error committed by the Pirates came in the seventh when the Cardinals shortstop shot one right at the Pirates shortstop Bones Ely who could not get a handle on it. Wallace grabbed second base on a sac fly, and Dan McGann knocked him with a single to left. That run was all Young needed to defeat Waddell and the visitors, in what was a Hall of Fame battle at the turn of the century.

      Young won 45 games of his 511 wins as a member of the Cardinals. Waddell won 193 games during his career. While Waddell never did wear the uniform of the National League club that called St. Louis home, he did don the uniform of the American League's St. Louis Browns during the last three years of his storied career, going 33-29 during that stretch. While he wrote the last chapters of his Hall of Fame career in St. Louis, the best pages had been written well before he got there. His finest season came in 1905 with the Philadelphia Athletics when he won the pitching Triple Crown by leading the A.L. in wins, earned run average, and strikeouts.

     The story in the picture was published in the Pittsburgh Commercial Gazette the following day. I consider it to be a true gem.

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