Year In Review : 1910 National 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.

"I like it (baseball) for two reasons. First, because I enjoy it myself and second, because if by the presence of the temporary first magistrate such a healthy amusement can be encouraged, I want to encourage it." - President Taft
1910 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

116

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.331

Doubles

Pittsburgh

43

Hits

Pittsburgh

178

Home Runs

Boston

10

Chicago

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.445

RBI

Philadelphia

123

Runs

Philadelphia

110

Slugging Average

Philadelphia

.507

Stolen Bases

Cincinnati

70

Total Bases

Philadelphia

263

Triples

Cincinnati

18

1910 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

27

New York

Brooklyn

ERA

Philadelphia

1.60

Games

Boston

51

Saves

Chicago

7

Cincinnati

Shutouts

Chicago

6

Boston

Philadelphia

Brooklyn

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

185

Winning Percentage

Chicago

.833

Wins

New York

27

1910 National League

Team Standings

Chicago Cubs

104 50 .675 0

New York Giants

91 63 .591 13

Pittsburgh Pirates

86 67 .562

Philadelphia Phillies

78 75 .510 25½

Cincinnati Reds

75 79 .487 29

Brooklyn Superbas

64 90 .416 40

St. Louis Cardinals

63 90 .412 40½

Boston Doves

53 100 .346 50½

1910 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

655

Batting Average

New York

.275

Doubles

Philadelphia

223

Hits

New York

1,391

Home Runs

Chicago

34

On Base Percentage

New York

.354

Runs

New York

715

Slugging Average

Chicago

.366

New York

Stolen Bases

Cincinnati

310

Triples

Chicago

84

1910 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Brooklyn

103

ERA

Chicago

2.51

Fewest Hits Allowed

Chicago

1,171

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Brooklyn

17

Fewest Walks Allowed

Pittsburgh

392

Saves

St. Louis

14

Shutouts

Chicago

25

Strikeouts

New York

717



Jack Dalton , a .227 hitter in 1910, had five consecutive hits against Christy Mathewson during a single game on June 21.

On August 13, 1910, the Pirates played the Superbas and each team had: thirty-eight at-bats, thirteen hits, eight runs. Each team also used two pitchers, struck out five batters, walked three, and hit one batter. Finally, each team fielded thirteen assists and recorded twenty-seven putouts.

Did you know that on October 20, 1910, Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs became the first National League manager ejected from a World Series game .

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