Year In Review : 1912 American League

O ff the field...

American journalist and publisher, William Randolph Hearst began to acquire his media empire that would eventually include eighteen newspapers and nine magazines within two decades. A flamboyant and highly controversial figure, Hearst was nonetheless an extremely competent newspaperman who quickly became one of the wealthiest men in the world. His castle at San Simeon, California, won fame for its immense art collections and is still considered one of the largest houses in the United States. The property was later presented to the state as a museum after Hearst's death.

I n the American League...

While playing the Boston Red Sox in their opener at New York's Hilltop Park, the New York Highlanders debuted their "soon-to-be" trademark pinstripes.

One of baseball's original cathedrals, Boston's Fenway Park, (built at a cost of $350,000) was formally dedicated as the visiting White Sox beat the Red pair 5-2 before a capacity crowd.

On August 11 th , Joe Jackson of the Cleveland Indians became only the second American League player ever to steal home twice in a single game. Jackson first stole home in the first, then went on to thieve second, third and home in the seventh.

I n the National League...

The St. Louis Cardinals set a Major League record on April 16 th after embarrassing the Chicago Cubs with a 20-5 massacre at Robison Field (The mark would stand until 1922).

The St. Louis Cardinals also ended the New York Giants consecutive winning streak at fourteen after a 5-1 effort on May 31 st . The Giants incredible start of 43-11 remained the best of the century and stood unmatched until 1939 when the New York Yankees tied the mark.

In response to the demand for an alternative way to statistically rate pitchers, the National League elected to officially score the Earned Run Average for the first time. Jeff Tesreau of the New York Giants went on to lead the new category with a 1.96 ERA.

A round the league...

In an effort to eliminate the possibility of home team's ball boys influencing which ones are used for each team's turn at bat, the National League installed small boxes near home plate to supply the umpires directly.

In New York, the Giants and Highlanders met at the Polo Grounds to play an unscheduled charity game to raise money for the survivors of the Titanic (which had sunk three days earlier, April 14 th ). The Giants prevailed 11-2.

"One of them (the Tigers replacement players [see fast facts]) was Joe Maharg, a name when read backwards gives the real name Graham, a gambler and preliminary fighter who later was a go-between in the Black Sox scandal." - Historian Fred Lieb
1912 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

117

Batting Average

Detroit

.409

Doubles

Boston

53

Hits

Detroit

226

Cleveland

Home Runs

Philadelphia

10

Boston

On Base Percentage

Boston

.464

RBI

Philadelphia

130

Runs

Philadelphia

137

Slugging Average

Detroit

.584

Stolen Bases

Washington

88

Total Bases

Cleveland

331

Triples

Cleveland

26

1912 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

35

ERA

Washington

1.39

Games

Chicago

62

Saves

Chicago

10

Shutouts

Boston

10

Strikeouts

Washington

303

Winning Percentage

Boston

.872

Wins

Boston

34

1912 American League

Team Standings

Boston Red Sox

105 47 .691 0

Washington Senators

91 61 .599 14

Philadelphia Athletics

90 62 .592 15

Chicago White Sox

78 76 .506 28

Cleveland Naps

75 78 .490 30½

Detroit Tigers

69 84 .451 36½

St. Louis Browns

53 101 .344 53

New York Highlanders

50 102 .329 55

1912 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Boston

565

Batting Average

Philadelphia

.282

Doubles

Boston

269

Hits

Philadelphia

1,442

Home Runs

Boston

29

On Base Percentage

Boston

.355

Runs

Boston

799

Slugging Average

Boston

.380

Stolen Bases

Washington

274

Triples

Philadelphia

108

1912 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

108

ERA

Washington

2.69

Fewest Hits Allowed

Washington

1,219

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Philadelphia

12

Fewest Walks Allowed

Boston

385

Saves

Chicago

16

Shutouts

Boston

18

Strikeouts

Washington

828



Did you know that on April 26, 1912, Hugh Bradley of Boston became the first player to hit a home run over the left field wall in Fenway Park?

On May 18, 1912, Ty Cobb served the first day of his suspension. The Tigers protested by striking and an entire team of replacement players took the field against the Athletics, losing 24-2. The starting lineup was: Billy Maharg (third base), Bill Leinhauser (outfielder), Dan McGarvey (outfielder), Jim McGarr (second base), Deacon McGuire (catcher), Pat Meaney (shortstop), Joe Sugden (first base), Allen Travers (pitcher), and Hap Ward (outfielder).

On July 4, 1912, George Mullin celebrated his thirty-second birthday on Independence Day. The Tigers pitcher took the mound on fire and threw a 7-0 no-hitter versus the St. Louis Browns. However, did you know that Ty Cobb stole the show when he successfully stole second base, third base, and home plate during the fifth inning (it was his twenty-second steal of home plate ).

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