Top 50 Sox Seasons #49: Cy Young, 1903

28-9, 2.08/0.969/.234, 341.2 IP, 176 K, 32 BB, 4.6 K/9, 1.0 BB/9, 4.8 K/BB, 34 CG, 7 SHO, 145 ERA+
Postseason:  2-1, 1.85/1.029/.233, 4 G, 3 GS, 3 CG, 34 IP, 17 K, 4 BB

For the third straight season, Young led the league in wins while completing a phenomenal 97 percent of his starts. He once again finished among league leaders in all major pitching categories, pitched four consecutive shutouts in June and July, three of them ending in 1-0 scores and one a 10-inning affair in which Young drove in the winning run.

Young led the Americans to their first American League pennant and the first World Championship of baseball in a nine-game series against Pittsburgh. Young lost a lopsided Game 1, a contest most likely thrown to extend the series as long as possible, entered in the third inning of Game 3, a Boston loss, then cruised to complete-game wins in Games 5 and 7.

Key game: Oct. 7. With Boston down three games to one, Young shuts out the Pirates for seven innings while the Americans stake him to a 10-0 lead. Ultimately, he allows just two runs on six hits in the complete-game win – the first of four consecutive World Series victories for Boston en route to the championship. (Of course, the Pirates may have thrown this game to extend the series and thus enlarge the respective shares of both teams).

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