Year In Review : 1910 American League

O ff the field...

The Boy Scouts of America was introduced inviting boys eleven to seventeen years old an opportunity to join an organization dedicated to improving mental, moral, and physical development while stressing outdoor skills and training in citizenship and lifesaving. Originally, the movement was intended to be nonmilitary and without racial, religious, political, or class distinctions, but the Supreme Court affirmed the organization's right to limit membership to those who believe in God in 1993.

The "National Association for the Advancement of Colored People" was founded in New York, in November. The N.A.A.C.P. originally published an underground journal called "The Crisis," and was at the forefront of all the attempts by Blacks to achieve equality. For more than ninety-three years, the NAACP has continued include people of all races, nationalities and religious denominations, while remaining united on one premise, that all men and women are created equal.

I n the American League...

Cleveland Indians ace Cy Young won his five-hundredth game on July 19 th after beating the Washington Senators 5-4 at American League Park II.

Washington Senators second baseman Red Killefer set a Major League mark on August 27 th after sacrificing four times in the first game of a Detroit Tigers doubleheader.

Eddie Collins of the Philadelphia Athletics set an American League record after stealing his eighty-first base of the season during an 8-1 victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox.

I n the National League...

The Braves and Phillies combined on April 22 nd for a Major League record fewest at bats by two teams in nine innings: forty-eight (twenty-five for Boston, twenty-three for Philadelphia). The record was tied the following season, but remained unbeaten until 1964.

On August 13 th , the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers played in perhaps, the most evenly matched game ever. Both teams finished the 8-8 tie (called on darkness) with exactly eight runs, thirteen hits, thirty-eight at bats, five strikeouts, three walks, one hit batter, one passed ball, thirteen assists, twenty-seven putouts and two errors with two pitchers used.

A round the league...

William Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to throw out the ceremonial "first pitch" after he opened the 1910 season at Washington's League Park. The Senators' Walter Johnson christened the tradition by pitching a one-hitter, beating the Philadelphia Athletics and Eddie Plank 3-0.

Both leagues agreed to adopt a resolution that would ban syndicate baseball, which had previously allowed owners to have financial interests vested in more than one team. They also mandated that all umpires were to announce any team changes to the spectators; batting orders were to be delivered to the head umpire at home plate before the game and a base runner was to be called out if he passed another runner ahead of him on the base path.

"The game of baseball is a clean, straight game, and it summons to its presence everybody who enjoys clean, straight athletics." - President Taft
1910 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

78

Batting Average

Detroit

.383

Doubles

Cleveland

51

Hits

Cleveland

227

Home Runs

Boston

10

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.456

RBI

Detroit

120

Runs

Detroit

106

Slugging Average

Detroit

.554

Stolen Bases

Philadelphia

81

Total Bases

Cleveland

304

Triples

Detroit

19

1910 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Washington

38

ERA

Chicago

1.27

Games

Chicago

45

Philadelphia

Washington

Saves

Chicago

5

Shutouts

Philadelphia

13

Strikeouts

Washington

313

Winning Percentage

Philadelphia

.821

Wins

Philadelphia

31

1910 American League

Team Standings

Philadelphia Athletics

102 48 .680 0

New York Highlanders

88 63 .583

Detroit Tigers

86 68 .558 18

Boston Red Sox

81 72 .529 22½

Cleveland Naps

71 81 .467 32

Chicago White Sox

68 85 .444 35½

Washington Senators

66 85 .437 36½

St. Louis Browns

47 107 .305 57

1910 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

464

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.266

Doubles

Philadelphia

191

Hits

Philadelphia

1,373

Home Runs

Boston

43

On Base Percentage

Detroit

.329

Runs

Detroit

679

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.355

Stolen Bases

New York

288

Triples

Philadelphia

105

1910 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Philadelphia

123

ERA

Philadelphia

1.79

Fewest Hits Allowed

Philadelphia

1,103

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Philadelphia

8

Fewest Walks Allowed

New York

364

Saves

New York

8

Shutouts

Philadelphia

24

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

789



On July 19, 1910, Cy Young of Cleveland, won 5-4 versus the Washington Senators and recorded victory number five-hundred (500 in his incredibly amazing Major League career.

On October 9, 1910, Ty Cobb stayed out of the lineup to preserve his .383 (.3833992) batting average. Nap Lajoie , who was playing in St. Louis , went eight (8) for eight (8) in a doubleheader where six (6) of his hits were bunt singles. He finished with a .384 (.3840947) batting average and rumor has it that the Browns "gave" Lajoie the singles by playing too deep. Ban Johnson investigated and found no wrong doing. The Chalmers Award was given to both players and the following season new rules with baseball writers voting were instituted.

Chief Bender joined the twenty wins club during the 1910 season and came within one walk of a perfect game on May 12, 1910.

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