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Irving Young

Irving Young

Jerry Koosman ties the National League rookie record on September 13, 1968 when he hurls his seventh shutout of the season, blanking Pittsburgh on just three singles.

The left-hander’s 2-0 victory, the Mets’ 67th win of the season – a franchise high, equals the mark shared by Irving Young (Boston Beaneaters, 1905) and Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies, 1911).

Irving Young played six seasons from 1905 to 1911 for the Boston Beaneaters/Doves, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chicago White Sox.

Irving Melrose “Cy the Second”/“Young Cy” Young was born on July 21, 1877, and raised in Colum­bia Falls, Maine, 16 miles west of Machias. At age 17, Irv and his family moved to Concord, New Hampshire, so that he could find employment as a fireman on the Boston & Maine Railroad. Although working 60 hours a week on the railroad, Irv managed to find time to pitch for the YMCA and other local amateur clubs on weekends. In 1904, at the rather advanced age of 27, he turned pro, joining Concord in the New England League. There he won 18 games and caught the eye of scout Billy Hamilton. Hamilton strongly recommended him to the Boston Beaneaters (later the Braves)… who bought his contract for $500. Source: SABR Biography Project