His career was winding down but Cy Young could still wing it.
At age 41 in 1908 he tossed the third no-hitter of his career, the oldest player ever to toss one. It was a record that would stand until Nolan Ryan broke it 82 years later. He’d finish the year with a 1.26 earned run average.
While posed images of Young are well-known to baseball historians and collectors, few photographs to survive showing his delivery or follow through. This particular image is believed to be unique to the hobby.
The 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ image originated with a Cleveland newspaper which used it during coverage of the trade that sent Young back to his home state American League team. The back carries a pencil notation of “3/10/09” in addition to his name and the words “Pitching a Fast One.”
Young wasn’t quite done. He was active through the 1911 season, finishing with a likely unbreakable record of 511 career wins.