YEAR IN REVIEW : 1901 National League

Off 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.

In 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.

In May, White Stockings Herm McFarland and Dummy Hoy set one of the first American League records (most homeruns in a game) with two grand slams during Chicago's 19-9 win over the Detroit Tigers. Detroit also set a Major League mark of their own with twelve errors (ten by the infield) that was amazingly matched by the White Stockings in 1903 &mdas; against the Tigers.

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 .

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

Philadelphia
100
St. Louis
.376
Brooklyn
38
Philadelphia
St. Louis
226
Cincinnati
16
St. Louis
.440
Pittsburgh
126
St. Louis
142
Brooklyn
.534
Pittsburgh
49
St. Louis
306
Brooklyn
19

1901 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Cincinnati
41
Pittsburgh
2.18
Brooklyn
45
St.Louis
New York
Brooklyn
3
St. Louis
Pittsburgh
6
Philadelphia
Boston
Cincinnati
239
Pittsburgh
.677
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

Philadelphia
430
Brooklyn
.287
Brooklyn
206
St. Louis
1,430
St. Louis
39
Pittsburgh
.345
St. Louis
792
Brooklyn
.387
Chicago
204
St. Louis
94

1901 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
131
Pittsburgh
2.58
Fewest Hits Allowed
Boston
1,196
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Brooklyn
18
Fewest Walks Allowed
Pittsburgh
244
Brooklyn
5
St. Louis
Philadelphia
15
Pittsburgh
Chicago
586
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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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