Using a puzzling curve and good control, Chech won a career-high 14 games as a rookie
with the 1905 Reds. After Chech's best season, 1908 (11-7, 1.74), the Indians traded
him with Jack Ryan and $12,500 for 41-year-old Cy Young. Chech's 2.95 ERA in 1909
was the sixth-worst in the AL among pitchers with 100 or more innings.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 25, 1908:
The Senators score five runs in the 9th inning off Cleveland righthander Charlie Chech and beat the Naps, 6-1. Former Cleveland owner Frank DeHaas Robison, listening on the telephone to a friend's play-by-play account of the Washington rally collapses with a heart attack. He dies several hours later.
»February 18, 1909:
The Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, who won 21 games at age 41 last season, to the Cleveland Naps for righty pitchers Charlie Chech and Jack Ryan, and $12,500. Young pitched for Cleveland in the 1890s.