Year In Review : 1905 National League

O ff the field...

The "Industrial Workers of the World" (IWW) was founded in Chicago with the hopes of giving more control to unions. The aim of the IWW was to unite in one body all skilled and unskilled workers for the purpose of overthrowing capitalism by using direct action, propaganda, the boycott, and the strike. The IWW was also opposed the use of sabotage, arbitration, collective bargaining, and political affiliation. Unfortunately, recurring controversy during both World Wars along with accusations of treason caused dissention in the ranks from the top-down. From a probable strength of at least 30,000 in 1912, the membership later fell to less than 10,000 in 1930 and in the mid-1990s remained at less than 1,000.

I n the American League...

A committee of Washington writers voted for "Nationals" as the new American League team nickname, but the "Senators" continued as the majority fan favorite.

New York Highlanders first baseman Hal Chase set a Major League record on August 5 th with thirty-eight putouts during a doubleheader sweep (3-1, 6-5) versus the visiting St. Louis Browns.

I n the National League...

On April 26 th , Chicago Cubs outfielder Jack McCarthy tied a Major League record after starting three double plays to preserve a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jackson Nelson had originally set the DP record in 1887.

Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Phil Lewis earned his paycheck and tied a National League record on July 20 th , after having eighteen chances for seven assists, six putouts and five errors en route to a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Boston Braves first baseman Fred Tenney completed the season with a National League record one-hundred fifty-two assists. The mark stood until 1986, when Sid Bream of the Pittsburgh Pirates topped it with one-hundred sixty-six.

A round the league...

New York Giants owner John T. Brush, who refused to play the American League pennant winners in 1904, proposed a new set of rules governing future World Series. Later known as the "Brush Rules," these guidelines relating to the on-field play and off-field finances of the Series are still used to this day.

The National League Board of Directors acquitted St. Louis Cardinal right-hander Jack Taylor on the charges of throwing games. Despite the verdict, Taylor was still fined $300 for using poor judgment and practicing bad conduct.

On May 30 th , both leagues posted record attendance figures for the Memorial Day holiday. Due to several doubleheaders, 80,963 attended eight American League games and 67,806 witnessed seven National League events.

"Look (Johnny) Evers, if you and I talk to each other, we're only going to be fighting all the time so don't talk to me, and I won't talk to you. You play your position, and I'll play mine, and let it go at that." - Joe Tinker
1905 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Cincinnati

103

Batting Average

Cincinnati

.377

Doubles

Cincinnati

40

Hits

Cincinnati

219

Home Runs

Cincinnati

9

On Base Percentage

Chicago

.450

RBI

Cincinnati

121

Runs

New York

124

Slugging Average

Cincinnati

.325

Stolen Bases

New York

59

Chicago

Total Bases

Cincinnati

325

Triples

Cincinnati

21

1905 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

41

ERA

New York

1.28

Games

New York

46

Philadelphia

Saves

New York

6

Shutouts

New York

8

Strikeouts

New York

206

Winning Percentage

Pittsburgh

.800

Wins

New York

31

1905 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants

105 48 .686 0

Pittsburgh Pirates

96 57 .627 9

Chicago Cubs

92 61 .601 13

Philadelphia Phillies

83 69 .546 21½

Cincinnati Reds

79 74 .516 26

St. Louis Cardinals

58 96 .377 47½

Boston Beaneaters

51 103 .331 54½

Brooklyn Superbas

48 104 .316 56½

1905 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

517

Batting Average

New York

.273

Doubles

New York

191

Hits

Cincinnati

1,401

Home Runs

New York

39

On Base Percentage

New York

.351

Runs

New York

780

Slugging Average

New York

.368

Stolen Bases

New York

291

Triples

Cincinnati

101

1905 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

139

ERA

Chicago

2.04

Fewest Hits Allowed

Chicago

1,135

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Pittsburgh

12

Fewest Walks Allowed

New York

364

Saves

New York

15

Shutouts

Chicago

23

Strikeouts

New York

760



On May 30, 1905, which was Memorial Day, both leagues posted record marks for attendance. The National League lead the majors with an amazing 67,806 fans attending seven doubleheaders.

On June 13, 1905, Mordecai Brown and Christy Mathewson each tossed eight innings of no-hit baseball. "Three Finger" lost his gem in the ninth, but "Big Six" took his the distance and recorded his second career no-hitter .

On September 14, 1905, Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker had a serious fight on the playing field. The next day, Tinker said, "Look Evers, if you and I talk to each other, we're only going to be fighting all the time so don't talk to me, and I won't talk to you. You play your position, and I'll play mine, and let it go at that." Evers replied, "Suits me." and according to historians, the two did not speak to each other for thirty-three years.

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