CHAPTER TWELVE

1905 —1908: Old Cy Young

VER THE YEARS Cy Young had endured spells of bad luck and bad performance. But even in his worst hours and least glori- O ous outings, the success that attended the bulk of what he did eased the pain of temporary failures. Still, aging is inevitable, and for the athlete it is invariably accompanied by a diminution of skills. It was in the campaigns of 1905 and 1906 — seasons that saw Cy Young's victory totals dip below his loss totals — that the hurler first felt the force of that universal truth. What did he make of his disappointing work? There is no contemporary testimony from Young that gives voice to any worries. But it is hard to avoid speculation that two consecutive losing seasons, added to his impending fortieth birthday, took a toll on the pitcher's psychological resiliency. The fault was not all his. Some of the blame for the losses could be attached to a team that visibly faltered. But a pitcher stands alone in the middle of the diamond; that is why his work is measured by special statistics. Young could read those figures as well as anyone. He spent the two seasons on the mound every fifth or sixth day, and by October 1906, even if he dissented from the rumors, he surely understood why many observers of the game believed that time had finally overtaken the most durable pitcher in the history of baseball.

But the mood had been very different when, twenty months earlier, Young traveled to Arkansas in the late winter of 1905 to begin preparing for the coming season. Affectionately styled “Old Cy Young” in the press, he arrived in Hot Springs trimmer than he had been for several springs and hearing nothing but predictions for a third straight Boston pennant. The grounds for such confidence were clear. Already in possession of the strongest pitching staff in the American League, the club had moved to

-162-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Cy Young: A Baseball Life
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 283

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.