Year In Review : 1901 National League

O ff the field...

As President William McKinley began his second term, he was fatally shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz stated that the President was "an enemy of good working people" and was later judged to be sane and executed. The chief event of McKinley's administration was the war with Spain, which resulted in the United States' acquisition of the Philippines and other islands. Theodore Roosevelt was promptly sworn in as his successor and embarked on a wide-ranging program of governmental reform and conservation of natural resources.

I n the American League...

On April 28 th , Cleveland Indians rookie pitcher Charles Baker surrendered an American League record twenty-three singles in a 13-1 loss to the Chicago White Stockings.

With two outs in the ninth, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Bill Reidy set a Major League record after surrendering ten consecutive hits for a 13-2 loss to the Boston Somersets on June 2 nd .

I n the National League...

Cincinnati Reds ace Noodles Hahn struck out sixteen Boston Brave batters on May 22 nd for a 4-3 victory and a record that would stand until Jim Maloney matched it in 1963.

On June 20t th , Honus Wagner became the first twentieth century player to steal home twice in a single game, as the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the New York Giants, 7-0.

The Brooklyn Dodgers tied their highest score of the century (May 20, 1896) after beating the Cincinnati Reds 25-6 in a September 23 rd outing at League Park II.

A round the league...

The American League formally organized with the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Somersets, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago White Stockings. Three of the leagues original clubs in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Buffalo were dropped. The player limit was set at fourteen per team, and the inaugural schedule was set at one-hundred forty games.

The National League Rules Committee decreed that all foul balls are to count as strikes, except after two, catchers must play within ten feet of the batter, a ball will be called if the pitcher does not throw to a ready and waiting batter within twenty seconds, and that the umpire will remove all players using indecent language.

At the December league meeting, the Milwaukee Brewers franchise was officially dropped from the American League and replaced by the St. Louis Browns.

"President McKinley disappointed the 7,000 spectators at the opening game by failing to appear, and the Senators disappointed them by losing to Brooklyn 5 to 4." - Star
1901 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

100

Batting Average

St. Louis

.376

Doubles

Brooklyn

38

Philadelphia

Hits

St. Louis

226

Home Runs

Cincinnati

16

On Base Percentage

St. Louis

.440

RBI

Pittsburgh

126

Runs

St. Louis

142

Slugging Average

Brooklyn

.534

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

49

Total Bases

St. Louis

306

Triples

Brooklyn

19

1901 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Cincinnati

41

ERA

Pittsburgh

2.18

Games

Brooklyn

45

St.Louis

New York

Saves

Brooklyn

3

St. Louis

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

6

Philadelphia

Boston

Strikeouts

Cincinnati

239

Winning Percentage

Pittsburgh

.677

Wins

Brooklyn

25

1901 National League

Team Standings

Pittsburgh Pirates

90 49 .647 0

Philadelphia Phillies

83 57 .593

Brooklyn Superbas

79 57 .581

St. Louis Cardinals

76 64 .543 14½

Boston Beaneaters

69 69 .500 20½

Chicago Orphans

53 86 .381 37

New York Giants

52 85 .380 37

Cincinnati Reds

52 87 .374 38

1901 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

430

Batting Average

Brooklyn

.287

Doubles

Brooklyn

206

Hits

St. Louis

1,430

Home Runs

St. Louis

39

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.345

Runs

St. Louis

792

Slugging Average

Brooklyn

.387

Stolen Bases

Chicago

204

Triples

St. Louis

94

1901 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

131

ERA

Pittsburgh

2.58

Fewest Hits Allowed

Boston

1,196

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Brooklyn

18

Fewest Walks Allowed

Pittsburgh

244

Saves

Brooklyn

5

St. Louis

Shutouts

Philadelphia

15

Pittsburgh

Strikeouts

Chicago

586



Did you know that on June 20, 1902, Honus Wagner of Pittsburgh stole home plate twice against the New York Giants?

On July 15, 1902, Christy Mathewson pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. "Big Six" was in the second year of his career and would go on to win twenty-games and lead the league with eight shutouts.

Do you know why the league cancelled every game on the nineteenth of September? It was a result of the death of President McKinley who was shot five days earlier during an assassination.

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