Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Phillies defeats Cy Young of the Braves 1-0
It was the end of an era. The career of one of baseball’s greatest pitchers was coming to an end as the career of another great pitcher was just beginning.
On Sept. 7, 1911, the Philadelphia Phillies 24-year old rookie pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander defeated the Boston Braves 44-year old veteran Cy Young. Alexander pitched a one-hit shutout, as the Phillies beat the Braves 1-0.
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Alexander was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in 1938, one year after the man he defeated on Sept. 7, 1911.
“You know I had many a thrill in my baseball career, and many a treat,” Alexander said in his Hall of Fame induction speech in 1938. “But I consider this the greatest treat and one of the biggest thrills I had in my long time in baseball.”
Nicole Pappas was the public relations intern in the Class of 2011 Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development